I was shocked when I received an email: “Would you like to take part in filming with top chef Jamie Oliver“?
What?? Did I read that right?!
I had to get closer to the screen to make sure that this was real.
For his upcoming series of Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast with Jimmy Doherty (Jimmy’s Farm) due to be broadcast on Channel 4 at the beginning of next year, Jamie invited some food bloggers and vloggers to take part in the show and to spread the word about it.
Jamie is currently campaining to get more British people into eating langoustines. Shellfish and particularly langoustines are top food in my household. I grew up eating them and I love to cook them in many different ways.
I was shocked to find out that 95% of Scottish langoustines (which are plentiful in the clear Scottish waters) go abroad leaving only 5% for the domestic market!
The wider picture is that just over 70% of langoustine fished off the British Isles is sent abroad leaving 30% for the domestic market. However, around 91% of that goes into making scampi bites, leaving just 9% to be eaten in a more natural state.
In Italy langoustines are very popular and considered a delicacy. You can barbecue them, poach them, have them in pasta, risotto and even eat them raw. I buy them regularly also because they are cheap in the UK.
During filming we were served raw langoustines in a way I have never eaten before. This carpaccio with granny smith apples and lovage was incredibly delicious.
This was followed by a dish of langoustines served with lemon wedges and fresh mayonnaise.
It was interesting to see how filming took place.
After years of watching Jamie Oliver on television I couldn’t quite believe I could see him in real life. It was kind of surreal.
Cooking with Jamie was celebrity chef Gennaro Contaldo and head chef Robbin Holmgren.
A fantastic fresh pasta dish with langoustines, rocket (arugola) and cherry tomatoes was served, boy I enjoyed that!
Jamie is just like you see him on television: fun to be with and very friendly. Just a happy go lucky personality.