Sunday, May 11, 2014

Jamie's Ministry of Food - LIVE

 A while ago now we managed to score tickets to see my hero Jamie Oliver.  Really the saga begins when the email came through on a Thursday announcing that tickets would go on sale at 9am Monday. Imagine my anticipation and excitement along with nerves - would I be quick enough, would I remember (lol how could I forget), would I forget my credit card at home, would it work!

Finally Monday morning came and I grabbed two tickets no problem. Unlike some concerts and shows we only had to wait a week and the following Sunday we were lining up outside the venue at the Carriageworks in Sydney to be let into the pretty intimate venue.

Jamie was using the opportunity for an audience of food lovers, media and corporates to announce the winners of the Ministry of Food Pop up competition and raise awareness of the work ministry of food do. It is an admirable charity that we got a sense of on his series Jamie's Food Revolution in the US. He now has branches opening up in Australia too including the pop up which was announced to be in SA.

Although it really was a promo show he still did a lot of cooking. I was amazed that he was standing there live in front of us. It really seemed like he was just being projected from a TV screen. He is so comfortable in front of the audience and his great sense of humour as well as care and respect for the ingredients is so obvious. We were lucky to see him cook with some of our other Aussie chef "friends" Toby Puttock, Ben O'Donoghue and Anna Gare - all long time friends if Jamie as well as supporters of his charity.

Whilst I didn't get my picture with him or a book signed, it doesn't seem like Jamie was here doing a tour for the fans or the glory. It was really about the charity and gaining the recognition for it and the sponsors Woolworths and Good Guys. Great cause and it was such a coup to see Jamie kind of up close and personal after watching so many of his shows and cooked so many of his recipes.
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