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G20 Summit: Jamie Oliver's Downing Street menu

G20 leaders will be served Bakewell Tart and custard at the Downing Street dinner in London prepared by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

 
Jamie Oliver's G20 menu
Jamie Oliver is cooking dinner for the world leaders at No 10 on Wednesday night Photo: DAVID ROSE

Organic Shetland salmon and Welsh lamb with mint sauce are also on the menu, which was a fiercely guarded secret until today and is designed to showcase the best of British seasonal produce.

Oliver, known to television viewers as the Naked Chef, is cooking the dinner with the help of apprentices from his restaurant, Fifteen London, which trains unemployed or homeless people.

For the starter, he has chosen farmed, rather than wild, salmon, served with foraged samphire and sea kale; a selection of vegetables from Secrett's Farms in Sussex, Surrey and Kent; wild garlic from Elwy Valley in Wales; and homemade Irish soda bread freshly baked today using Gloucestershire-based Shipton Mill organic flour.

The main course is a shoulder of lamb from the Elwy Valley with "the earliest delicious" Jersey Royal potatoes, fresh asparagus from the Wye Valley and foraged wild St George mushrooms, accompanied by mint sauce and gravy made with British herbs.

The dessert of Bakewell Tart will be served with fresh custard made with free range eggs from the Duchy of Cornwall farms, plus home-made jams and ginger shortbread from Grasmere, in the Lake District.

A selection of freshly baked breads will be accompanied by home-made butter churned using organic cream from Ivy Farm in Somerset and smoked sea salt from Halen Mon in Wales.

"I'm very, very proud of my country and its food traditions and I know that the guests at Downing Street will be in for a real treat," said Oliver.

"It's always a huge honour to cook at Number 10, but to be invited to cook for such an important group of people who are trying to solve some of the world's major problems, well, that really is a privilege."

Oliver agreed to cook for the G20 summit despite the fact that his third child is due this week. As security arrangements mean he cannot take his mobile phone into the Downing Street kitchens, his wife Jools will have to call Number 10 staff with the news that she has gone into labour.

Full Menu

Starter

Baked Scottish Salmon with Seashore Vegetables, Broad Beans, Herb Garden Salad, Mayonnaise and Wild Garlic-scented Irish Soda bread

Vegetarian option: Childwickbury Goat's Cheese with Roast Shallots, Seashore Vegetables, Herb Green Salad and Wild Garlic-scented Irish Soda Bread (no mayo)

Main

Slow-Roasted Shoulder of Welsh Lamb, very first of the season Jersey Royals, first of the season Asparagus and Wild St George Mushrooms. Mint Sauce and Gravy

Vegetarian option: Lovage & Potato Dumplings with first of the season Asparagus and Wild St George Mushrooms

Dessert

Hot Bakewell Tart with Home-made Custard

 
 
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