No one was happier than me when news broke that the Food Network was bringing back Jamie Oliver. I remember when the Naked Chef left the Food Network on not the best terms, and I was relegated to following Oliver on TLC and other cable outlets as he helped improve the eating habits of England’s youth. But now he’s back and I’m giddy with excitement.
To tease his new show, “Jamie at Home,” Oliver faced off against Mario Batali on last night’s “Iron Chef America.” I won’t spoil who was victorious in “Battle: Cobia” (a fish I had never heard of until last night) in case you happen to catch a re-airing during the week, but Oliver’s take on fish and chips (naturally) looked heavenly.
Following the battle, Food Network debuted “Jamie at Home” which had a very rustic, home-grown feel. This was accentuated by Oliver’s attire of a camouflage hoodie and beanie, which I found terribly endearing. Each episode features food that’s grown on his farm and the premiere featured peppers and chillies (yes, with the double “l”, according to the program). I was in foodie heaven for all 30 minutes and can’t wait to catch the show at its regular time on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. I can’t think of a better way to kick-off the weekend!