Jamie Oliver: taste, monks and nonnas

Lengyel, Ariane (2021) Jamie Oliver: taste, monks and nonnas. In: CHME 2021 Conference, 12-14 May 2021, Online. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Food is an essential part of our lives and is clearly more than simply a physiological requirement. It impacts upon the way we live and carries strong social and cultural references. From a social perspective, food and taste can serve as a social symbols and discriminators because they imply notions of choice. Within this arena, the celebrity chef has become an important part of contemporary British society as an agent in transmitting concepts of taste and distinction through television and other media. The celebrity chef is now a modern cultural figure that embodies notions of modern-day shifts in attitudes towards cooking, ethics, consumption, culinary taste, gender and cultural capital. This work will present the findings from the analysis of Jamie Oliver’s cookbook, Jamie’s Italy and the associated television (TV) show, Jamie’s Great Italian Escape. It will seek to identify key themes extracted from the sustained and repeated reading and viewing of the book and TV series. The conclusions may suggest that Oliver has some influence in conveying messages of authenticity, lifestyle and expertise and may therefore be a player in the construction of taste.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Food, taste, celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, cookbook, TV shows, lifestyle
Subjects: Hospitality and tourism > Culinary arts > Food studies
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Depositing User: Ariane Lengyel
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2021 12:58
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:15
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/7811

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