Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Obama Restaurant Watch

Turns out, Obama won't be going to Fifteen to eat. Instead, Jamie Oliver, the chef at Fifteen, will be cooking for Obama and others at 10 Downing Street.

Jamie Oliver will be cooking a feast celebrating the best of British food for the G20 leaders this evening, the celebrity chef revealed today.

The politicians and their wives will begin their meal at Downing Street with a starter of organic Scottish salmon served with
samphire and sea kale, and a selection of vegetables from Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

For the main course, Oliver has plumped for slow-roasted shoulder of lamb from the Elwy Valley in north Wales, with Jersey Royal potatoes, wild mushrooms and mint sauce.

Dessert will be an old teatime favourite
bakewell tart and custard.

Vegetarians at the meal will be offered a goat's cheese starter followed by lovage and potato dumplings for the main course.

Pork has purposefully been left off the menu to avoid awkward moments with the Muslim guests, such as the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Only the contents of the bread basket have a vaguely foreign flavour – Oliver has chosen to serve Irish soda bread.

Oliver said: "I'm very, very proud of my country and its food traditions and I know that the guests at Downing Street will be in for a real treat." . . . At the dinner for spouses, the US First Lady, Michelle Obama, will be seated between the Harry Potter author JK Rowling and Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes.

More here

Photo of bakewell tart found here.


ceriwytch said...

Well I have learnt something new there. Apparently - according to Wikipedia - Samphire is traditionally eaten in the UK. Never even heard of it.

(English and living in England all my life)

Lisa said...

hmmm. i would like Jamie to cook a meal for me, thats for sure xx