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Jamie Oliver, aka the Naked Chef, cooked dinner for the G-20 summit last night. And what did the leaders of the world eat? Since it's Jamie, we know that it was local, fresh, seasonal and sustainable. And yummy.
We also know that the leaders and their spouses ate separately! Yes, this is the 21st century, and there was a feminist movement, but Sarah Brown had a separate girls-only dinner party next door. It was attended by the likes of Naomi Campbell (last read about because of "anger management issues"), JK Rowling, of Harry Potter fame, and Martha Lane Fox (formerly lastminute.com), Kelly Holmes, Olympic gold medallist and of course Michelle Obama.
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The menu was the same for the men at the big leaders' dinner and the wives (WAG's), which is a relief. Jamie Oliver wanted to showcase the best of British produce and make it simple and seasonal. Simple because at last July's G8 meeting in Japan the leaders had an eight-course meal featuring 18 dishes whilst discussing global food crises.
He scouted the countryside looking for English asparagus that would be ready to serve this week. Due to the chilly weather of late most asparagus is not quite ready. The lamb is being supplied from a hill farm in Snowdonia. He was careful to note that no pork will be served and there is a vegetarian option.
Oliver is cooking his meal with apprentices from his Fifteen Restaurant in London, which takes in young unemployed or homeless people and trains them to become chefs.
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Oliver was clearly delighted to be doing this, even though his wife is expecting a baby any time soon. As he 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. It's always a huge honour to cook at Number 10, but to be invited to cook for such an important group of people who are trying to solve some of the world's major problems, well, that really is a privilege."
Here's the menu:
Baked Scottish Salmon with Seashore Vegetables, Broad Beans, Herb Garden Salad, Mayonnaise and Wild Garlic-scented Irish Soda bread
Vegetarian option: Childwickbury Goat's Cheese with Roast Shallots, Seashore Vegetables, Herb Green Salad and Wild Garlic-scented Irish Soda Bread (no mayo)
Slow-Roasted Shoulder of Welsh Lamb, very first of the season Jersey Royals, first of the season Asparagus and Wild St George Mushrooms. Mint Sauce and Gravy
Vegetarian option: Lovage & Potato Dumplings with first of the season Asparagus and Wild St George Mushrooms
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