Channel 4 is re-teaming with Jamie Oliver. The broadcaster has renewed Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food for an expanded eighteen episode second season and given the greenlight to food travelogue series Jamie Cooks Italy.
Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food sees Jamie using just five ingredients to create tasty dishes, focusing on ease, simplicity, and clever tricks and techniques. “If you loved the first series – and I’m really happy so many of you did – then you’re in for a real treat with the next batch of episodes”, Jamie Oliver said. “They include some of my favourite five-ingredient dishes! I can’t wait to see what you think.”
The renewal for an extended second season comes after season one drew strong ratings in 2017; averaging 1.4 million viewers and a 6.4% audience share – up some 11% on Channel 4 Monday night 8pm slot-average. Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food is directed by Ed St Giles and Niall Downing, series produced by Katie Millard and executive produced by Katy Fryer and Sam Beddoes.
Jamie Cooks Italy sees Jamie teaming with his friend and mentor Gennaro Contaldo to learn Italy’s best-kept secrets from the true masters of the Italian kitchen: the home cooks who have perfected recipes that have been lovingly handed down over generations. The pair will travel around Italy – from Puglia in Spring and the Aeolian Islands in Summer to Tuscany in Autumn and Rome in Winter – picking up tips and recipes. Katy Fryer will direct and executive produce.
“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. Me and Gennaro had so much fun travelling around Italy, from the mountains to the beaches, picking up tips, ideas and inspiration along the way”, Jamie Oliver said. “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”.
“This delightful series brings alive the spirit and passion of Italian cooking and has all the ingredients for a deliciously enjoyable watch – the nation’s favourite chef and his wonderful mentor being put through their paces by the dons of Italian cooking – the nonnas”, added Channel 4’s Factual Entertainment Commissioning Editor Sarah Lazenby, who commissioned the series. “The irrevocable success of Quick & Easy meant this was a pretty quick and easy commission. With only 5 ingredients even I’ve started cooking myself.”