“Naked Chef“Jamie Oliver prepared dinner for the leaders of the G20 Summit last evening. The menu included traditional recipes and seasonal ingredients inspired from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, for the dinner at 10 Downing Street. Oliver cooked with the help of apprentices from his restaurant, Fifteen London, which trains unemployed or homeless people.
Despite its design around traditional British fare, critics said the meal was “boring,” and lamented that it did not include any Indian curries, of which the Brits are particularly fond. There was also a concern that Oliver did not do justice to the vegetarians at the table, although non-meat entrees were part of the menu, which also included organic Shetland salmon and Welsh lamb.
“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,” said Oliver, prior the dinner.
Oliver is known for his healthy, low-budget approach to cooking with local ingredients. He agreed to prepare the dinner despite the fact that he and his wife are expecting their third child any day now. From all accounts, the meal was well received.
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