Channel 4 has commissioned two new Jamie Oliver fronted cooking shows, Jamie Cooks Italy and a second series of Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food.

In Jamie Cooks Italy, Jamie Oliver and Gennaro Contaldo travel through Italy to meet the home cooks who have perfected recipes that have been handed down over generations. Travelling to eight different regions – from Puglia in Spring and the Aeolian Islands in Summer to Tuscany in Autumn and Rome in Winter – the pair will  learn the secrets of regional recipes.

The new season of Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food will see the chef return for 18 further episodes featuring tasty dishes all using just five ingredients and focusing on ease, simplicity, clever tricks and techniques.

Jamie Oliver said: “I love the Italian approach to life – it fills me with such joy! That’s why I’m super-excited about my new Jamie Cooks Italy TV series and book. Me and Gennaro had so much fun travelling around Italy, from the mountains to the beaches, picking up tips, ideas and inspiration along the way. We met some incredible characters, and had a good few laughs, too. On the recipe front, I’ve got all occasions covered – fast and slow options, simple dishes for you and a friend, family suppers, weekend treats and epic celebratory feasts. I’d love everyone to take a bit of the Italian heart and soul of the nonnas’ approach into their cooking.

“Plus, before that, we’ve got the beautiful ‘part two’ of Quick & Easy Food. If you loved the first series – and I’m really happy so many of you did – then you’re in for a real treat with the next batch of episodes. They include some of my favourite five-ingredient dishes! I can’t wait to see what you think."

Jamie Cooks Italy was commissioned by Channel 4 Factual Entertainment commissioning editor Sarah Lazenby, series directed and executive produced by Katy Fryer.

Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food was directed by Ed St Giles and Niall Downing, series produced by Katie Millard and executive produced by Katy Fryer and Sam Beddoes.

Jon Creamer

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