Tuesday 26 September 2017

John Walsh: Turbulence warning as the Jamie vs Gordon show continues . . .

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Is Jamie Oliver about to change our experience of in-flight food? He hasn't become an airline caterer, and no, I don't mean that in future your choice of stewed black beef or hunt-the-flavour chicken will be offered in a chirpy, cockney-geezer voice. But Mr Oliver has just opened a restaurant-cum-bar at Gatwick Airport in London that could make life happier at 30,000 feet.

Jamie's Italian Bakery, in the North Terminal, offers "Anglo-Californian" breakfasts, pasta lunches and dinners, together with home-made pizza and charcuterie you can take to eat on the plane. It's called, in Jamie-speak, "grab'n'graze".

The restaurant seems an odd idea. I'm not sure many travellers reach the departure lounges looking for a whole meal; unless we arrive at the airport hours early, we tend to rush into the lounge with minutes to spare. And since they won't supply us with proper cutlery, dinner will lack sophistication. But the concept of seizing supplies of prosciutto, mozzarella and focaccia, and turning your lunch in the clouds into a picnic, that is attractive.

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