Jamie Oliver’s great Bristol

22 11 2011

In Jamie Oliver’s latest book, Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain, only one UK town or city features in the index. Can you guess which one? It’s the one that riots when a new Tesco opens, yet allows Costa to open franchises which seem to openly flout planning regulations.

When writing about Bristol, the cheeky chappy doesn’t even mention his eponymous restaurant on Park Street. He instead concentrates on some of the city’s best food producers, including Mark’s Bread in Southville and St Werburgh’s City Farm.

On Channel 4 tonight, Jamie’s Great Britain will focus on the West Country, with a particular emphasis on Bristol and the real-life characters who our pre-eminent celebrity chef met during his visit to the city over the summer.

The publicity material for the show says that the West Country may be famous for its pasties, cheddar and cide, but Oliver is in search of less traditional fare too.

He is particularly enamoured by the traditional Jamaican cooking of Branatic Neufville (below), known simply as Chef, at Rice & Things on Cheltenham Road.

“Chef has become an inspiration to me,” Oliver gushes. “He is wise, he is a one-man band give or take, and he makes my hair stand on end.

“Recently, I met Desmond Tutu and Bob Geldof and they were amazing, but I enjoyed the time I spent with Chef just as much.

“He has come to this country and contributed in a beautiful way. When it comes to this business we’re in, a lot of people talk the talk. But he is doing it with a sense of grace, authority and wisdom – he does his job effortlessly. Just being in his presence is something special.

“I remember coming out of his restaurant thinking that’s the most inspiring person I’ve met for a long time. He represents hope and success and in my opinion is a big talent.”

In tonight’s show, Oliver also joins Ujima FM DJ Julz Davis to try her mum’s Guyanese specialities and goes foraging for wild mushrooms with Toby Gritten, chef-proprietor at the Pump House in Hotwells and the Bird in Hand in Long Ashton.

He ends his visit to the West with an outdoor feast where he cooks jerk-dressed Bristol pork, with crunchy crackling and orchard apple sauce, alternative allotment pasties, and an apple pepperpot pudding using a combination of Caribbean spices, before leaving Bristol in a Bailey hot air balloon.

Jamie’s Great Britain is on Channel 4 tonight, November 22, at 9pm.


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22 11 2011
quincylampshades

Brilliant! I would never have caught this without another great blog by you! I’ll be watching.

22 11 2011
My Little Discoveries

Thank you for the tip, I will try to have a look! ;o)

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