Curtain James | 09/18/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Foodies and non-foodies alike will enjoy this DVD. It's a two hour extravaganza of Comedy, music, special effects and a fascinating education in cookery!
Jamie interacts with the audience and gets them involved with hilarious results, he even takes to singing about a lamb curry as he's cooking it - which is sooo funny! This is a must have and i'd recommend it to anyone - well done Jamie!"
High Energy Creativity
Rebecca Johnson | Washington State | 01/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Jamie Oliver is a highly creative cook who inspires cooks everywhere and even inspires people who have never cooked before. To say he is entertaining would be an understatement. I have yet to see anything like the Jamie Oliver Tour. He includes just about every element of entertainment possible in one show. It is a game show, cooking class, cooking competition, music gig, sports event, comedy show, talk show (he almost interviews some of the audience members), magic show and sing along. Basically this is Jamie Oliver's mind on cooking and he is in constant motion, meeting every challenge and even batting oranges into the audience to select people to join him on stage.
The recipes are simple to make and after watching this show you might find yourself trying out something new, and not even measuring anything. I tried his idea with the foil bag to cook fish and it was one of the best dinners I've ever made. The ideas transcend recipes and enter the arena of creative exploration. You can cook with what you have in the kitchen. Don't have leeks? Try onions and potatoes. Want to learn to make your own pasta? Is it really as simple as eggs and flour? Watching Jamie Oliver maker pasta is like watching an artist create. Where he excels is in how he transfers his knowledge to the audience members and they to learn to make pasta, right on stage and he turns it into a competition.
While fast paced and wildly funny, there are a few casual moments to relax. Jamie challenges himself to make Pizza before the Pizza guy arrives. He orders pizza and then tosses flour on the counter and begins to make pizza dough from scratch. His ideas about sun dried tomatoes and fresh mozzarella will make you wish you'd been to the store for the ingredients. In fact, you might want to stock up on ingredients and cook along with Jamie. He really helps to make life less ordinary and more extraordinary.
The new apartment is the entire stage and the set is filled with surprises to entertain. You will start to wish you had a kitchen computer. Jamie leaves the set now and then and there is a screen showing a night out on the town, what it is like to cook in a restaurant kitchen and his wife checks in with him to find out what he is making for dinner. He even makes a cheesecake and then delivers it for a birthday party.
By watching Jamie cook, you can learn basic techniques, time saving tricks and creative uses for herbs and spices. Everything he has taught me to make through his shows and this DVD has turned out to be absolutely delicious and I love the fact that a lot of the things I learn don't require me to measure ingredients.
~The Rebecca Review
Todd Humber | Toronto, Canada | 02/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is Jamie Oliver at his peak and in his element. It's amazing to see the charismatic chef whip up culinary treats in front of thousands at a London theatre.It's kind of bizarre that a chef can attract such crowds, but that's the mystique of Oliver. This DVD is absolutely phenomenal and a must-have for any fan and budding chef.The recipes Oliver does here are vintage Jamie, and it's an entertaining romp from start to finish - including a hilarious bit at the start where Oliver orders a pizza from Domino's and then gets in a race with them to see if he can whip up a pizza from scratch before Domino's shows up at the door. The look on the delivery guy's face is priceless.Oliver also gets the crowd involved and shows just how easy - and tough - cooking can be."