A new cookery show starring celebrity chef Jamie Oliver kicks off tonight (Monday August 13).
The first episode of ‘Jamie Cooks Italy’ airs on Channel 4 at 8.30pm.
The broadcaster said: ‘Jamie and his friend and mentor [Italian chef] Gennaro Contaldo will be going right to the heart of Italian cuisine.
‘The pair will be travelling far and wide to learn Italy’s best-kept secrets from the true masters of the Italian kitchen – the nonnas [aka Italian grandmothers] and the home cooks who have perfected recipes that have been lovingly handed down over generations. Jamie and Gennaro will be picking up tips and showing us how we can recreate these authentic masterpieces in our own homes.’
Over the course of the series, the pair will travel to eight regions – from Puglia in Spring and the Aeolian Islands in Summer to Tuscany in Autumn and Rome in Winter – to ‘uncover the wisdom of the locals, experience seasonal foodie delights and learn the secrets of regional recipes to pass on to food lovers around the world’.
Jamie said: “I love the Italian approach to life – it fills me with such joy! That’s why I’m super-excited about my new ‘Jamie Cooks Italy’ TV series and book. Gennaro and I had so much fun travelling around Italy, from the mountains to the beaches, picking up tips, ideas and inspiration along the way. We met some incredible characters, and had a good few laughs, too.
“On the recipe front, I’ve got all occasions covered: fast and slow options, simple dishes for you and a friend, family suppers, weekend treats and epic celebratory feasts. I’d love everyone to take a bit of the Italian heart and soul of the nonnas’ approach into their cooking.”