Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Mark and Lynn Meet Jamie Oliver, the Famous Naked Chef...

Mark and Lynn enjoy mingling among the common folk. So, it was with a good deal of anticipation that we went to the Barnes and Noble in Lake Grove on Long Island to meet the charming chef and television host in person. He was signing copies of his books, in particular Jamie at Home (Hyperion) which focuses on his personal experiences and philosophy more and his own interest in developing a personal garden which helps sustain his coooking.

We got there at about 5 and got a number for his scheduled 7 pm appearance. We then got a bite to eat and meandered back to the bookstore. The word came down about 6:30 that he was running about a half hour late. We then went to Macy's and killed some time. Finally, at about 8pm the Naked Chef strolled in easily, apologizing even as he got a rousing welcome. He quickly got down to signing books and even though patrons were discouraged from asking for personal pictures he charmingly complied.

Mark and Lynn were able to talk with him a second. Lynn asked Mr. Oliver what his favorite cocktail was.

"A sidecar," he said. "Have you had one?"

Lynn mentioned that she had just seen a recipe and had asked for one at Painter's (a nearby favorite of ours).

Mark mentioned that he had made a tempura based recipe from one of Mr. Oliver's early books and he had enjoyed the challenge of it.

"It was all over the kitchen." Lynn remarked.

Jamie laughed and said "Please don't blame me,sir."

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I (Mark) have written for The Christian Science Monitor, Clear Magazine, Picture Magazine, Film Score Monthly, Dan's Papers, Rue Morgue, In Flight USA and a lot more publications that I can't remember.... My wife Lynn was a model with the Ford Agency and her photography has been featured in most of the publications I have written for...


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