A CHEF is set to put his local recipe for success to the test tonight when he appears on Jamie Oliver’s new TV show.
James Boothman, who runs La Bouche in the central market, will take part in Jamie Oliver’s Great Cookbook Challenge, which airs on Channel 4 at 8pm.
The islander will pitch his most impressive recipe, which he says draws inspiration from local produce, to a panel of judges for a chance to win his own published cookbook. He will also be guided and supervised by the famous chef.
While Mr Boothman was tight-lipped about what to expect from the show, he said it had been an “amazing experience” cooking in the same room as Mr Oliver.
“Because he’s a celebrity chef, I think we often lose how hardworking and talented he is. He has worked in some of the best restaurants in the world and being able to receive advice from him has been a real privilege,” he said.
“I had the chance to speak briefly with other candidates and being in an environment surrounded by passionate, like-minded people allows you to draw a lot of inspiration from your own work,” he added.
Mr Boothman grew up in Jersey and lived in Rozel with his parents. He left the island aged 17 to study at art school in London but, while in the UK, he worked part-time in a pub and was involved in the catering industry since.
He returned to the island three years ago with his family and set up La Bouche on the market.
He said: “I grew up in Jersey and the fishing port of Rozel so I’ve always been surrounded by good produce, which I’ve drawn inspiration from and which is reflected in my cooking.
“All customers who visit La Bouche this week will have the opportunity to try the dish I cooked on the show.”
Commenting on how he got his next screen appearance, he said, “The opportunity had been brewing for a while.” After doing a few more gigs on television when I was living and working as a conductor in London, I was invited to the show by people I know in the UK and after a series of auditions, interviews and cooking demonstrations, I did it on the stage which is broadcast on television.’