25 SEPTEMBER 2003
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver served up a meal fit for a future king on Wednesday, when Prince Charles invited him along to cook for a party in Clarence House. The Prince of Wales was hosting a VIP banquet to celebrate the growing popularity of organic food in Britain.
And Jamie had to cater to some discerning palates, as Sting, Trudie Styler, Stephen Fry and Camilla Parker Bowles were all among the guests. He was assisted by chefs from his restaurant 15 as he cooked up a storm using produce from the Prince's pesticide-free farm near Highgrove.
Prince Charles is a leading advocate of organic foods and his own range, Duchy Originals, is one of Britain's most popular brands. "Jamie Oliver is a keen supporter of organic food," said a Clarence House spokesman. "He devised the menu, which they wanted to be totally organic."
Jamie is currently taking a year out from his TV career to have more time with his family and concentrate on his restaurant. He set up the popular eaterie by taking 15 unemployed youngsters and training them to work as chefs.
Prince Charles also showed his support for Jamie's efforts by donating £15,000 to his charity, Cheeky Chops.