Cooking the Books with Gilly Smith
On Cooking by Jeremy Lee
This week, Gilly's talking food and class in Jeremy Lee’s book Cooking with 17-year-old food campaigner at the Food Foundation, chair of Bite Back 2030, and Youth Member of parliament for Winchester, Dev Sharma.
Jeremy Lee is one of the handful of chefs who’s cooked his way into the history books of modern food culture. His journey has taken him through the kitchens of some of the most influential London restaurants of our time: Conran’s Blueprint Cafe, Alistair Little’s Frith Street to the legendary Quo Vadis.
Here, Gilly finds out what that all means to a teenager from Leicester who’s already a food legend himself.
Dev’s campaigning work to end child food poverty has won praise from Jamie Oliver who says his work is ‘truly incredible’; Emma Thompson called him absolutely extraordinary as she watched him address ministers about food poverty. Jeremy Vine says he’s Prime Minister material. It’s won him a scholarship to Winchester College and a dream of Cambridge university, where food has a very different meaning.
Gilly asks him to choose four moments from Jeremy’s Lee’s book to help us understand the role of food in Britain in 2023
To hear more about Dev's work for the Food Foundation, listen here.