Miss Lily hoping the rain doesn't spoil the day.
Oh yup, we're pretty excited!
The cooking area for Jamie and Special Guests
The Ministry of Food team putting out last minute ingredients!
Ministry of Food Ambassadors, Ben O'Donoghue and Anna Gare introduce Jamie.
And finally, the man we've all been waiting for :)
Meeting Paul Pisasale, the people's Mayor.
Jamie getting into some cooking action!
Ben giving Paul some tips in the kitchen.
One Chicken Fajita coming right up...looking good huh!
Jamie selected this young chap from the audience to participate in the cooking class :)
Jamie handed a special plaque to commemorate his visit.
We had been looking forward to this visit all week; the Kids, Phill (I'm certain of it though he won't admit it!!) and myself of course. Excitement in the household as a million questions were asked that I couldn't answer such as, "what car will he be driving?", "will we get to meet him?", "can we be pen pals?" and so on and so forth.
And despite the weather providing grey skies and drizzle, we were not disappointed. When Jamie did come out to a lot of cheering (and he'd just flown in from Mexico), some of us lost our sense of good behaviour with lots of jumping up and down, arms waving excitably in the air as he hand picked people from the audience to join him for his cooking class. Why does that happen? Anyhow needless to say none of us were picked but got over any disappointment quickly as we enjoyed Jamie's stories which were funny and honest.
His passion for what he does is enormous with the message being that everyone (the whole family) could eat well by just learning how to cook. It really is that simple but it's when that message isn't followed that things become complicated (ie health issues and everything associated with that).
Towards the end of the show Paul Pisasale handed Jamie a plaque and there was a bit of a laugh at how it would join the other 150 of them like it and that perhaps he should use them to serve dishes on in his new restaurant.
Though I admit I was a little sad when the show ended (which by the way we learnt that if you eat fresh chilli in the morning, it makes for a good pick me up), today I'm feeling more inspired than ever by one man who is not only able to share his passion for life with such zest but wants to, if not feels a need to give back.