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Jamie Oliver Game Giveaway

Tue Feb 17, 2009

What's Cooking? Jamie Oliver

I’ve never really been much of a gamer. My brother and I shared an Atari when we were kids—it was our first and last video game system. While everyone else moved on to Super Mario Brothers, my gaming development was arrested at Pong. Not that there were ever really any games I was interested in playing, frankly. I didn’t like blowing things up, or running away from objects that were trying to blow me up. I preferred playing outside, reading books and decorating cakes.

But video games aren’t just for kids anymore. And they aren’t just about blowing things up, either. I love the Wii because it simulates real, physical action—perfect for rainy days or late-night decompressing. I’ve actually improved my golf swing goofing around on it. What’s Cooking? Jamie Oliver is like the Tiger Woods golf game for foodies and junior foodies, designed for the hand-held Nintendo DS. Released last October, What’s Cooking? Jamie Oliver is a cooking training game complete with 100 of the Naked Chef’s recipes. Oliver guides you through timed cooking challenges as you chop, whisk and serve his creations. And you have beautiful pictures to guide you. It’s gourmet gaming! And when you’re ready, you can put the DS down and listen to the instructions while you prepare the meal for real. There’s also room to store 100 more of your own recipes, a virtual “test kitchen” to try them out, and a shopping list mode so you can tote your DS to the market instead of that crumpled piece of paper. What’s Cooking? Jamie Oliver is almost like getting to learn to cook with a famous chef, minus the sharp knives and the rolling boil of berating epithets that usually fly around a professional kitchen.

I’m giving away four copies of the new Nintendo DS game, What’s Cooking? Jamie Oliver courtesy of our friends at Cookstr. Remember Cookstr? The site is a virtual repository of recipes from chefs and cookbook authors that is fast-replacing a lot of the recipe sites I’ve bookmarked over the years (though, surprisingly, it’s got me to buy more cookbooks, not less). It’s like having Nancy Silverton, Suzanne Goin and Mario Batali’s brains at my fingertips. I’ve found dozens of great recipes on the site, including the one for the crystallized grapefruit zest I made with my grapefruit and black pepper sorbet.

So how do you win? It’s as easy as scrambling an egg. To enter, post a comment here about which famous chef you’d like to learn to cook from. Your comment must be posted by 11:59 PM on February 28, 2009. For an extra entry, Twitter about the giveaway, then comment again here with a link to your Tweet. Winners will be chosen at random. Sorry, US residents only.

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17 Responses to “Jamie Oliver Game Giveaway”

 
  1. Phoo-D Says:

    I’d love to learn the ropes of French sauces from Julia Child, but if I have to pick a living chef, first choice would be learning to make pasta with Mario Batali.
    Phoo-D

  2. Amy Says:

    I’d love to learn the true way of curry from Raghavan Iyer.

    (FWIW, I spent two years working part time for Lynne Rossetto Kasper, and while it was a job, not a cooking school, I did learn a lot!)

  3. Amy Says:

    Oh, and I Twittered about it: http://twitter.com/amycrea

    But…there are only 28 days in Feb. this year. 🙂

  4. Leah Greenstein Says:

    Thanks, Amy. I must have mis-typed!

  5. Carolyn G Says:

    I think I would love to learn from Bobby Flay. I love his use of southwestern flavors and spices. His food is simple and delicious.

  6. cursingmama Says:

    I’d weigh 12 million pounds – but Gale Gand all the way!

  7. Jeffrey Says:

    I would have to say Eric Ripert, I saw his food on top chef recently and it looked amazing, also he seemed like a reasonably likable human being, which counts for a lot

  8. Elizabeth Says:

    Jacques Torres, because I want to learn about making pastry – definitely his specialty. Plus he’s not only a pro pastry chef, but he teaches already.

  9. Elizabeth Says:

    I tweeted about your contest, too!
    http://twitter.com/eedwardsen

  10. Carrie Oliver Says:

    Hi, Leah, It seems appropriate for me to say Jamie Oliver! For the sheer fun factor, though, Pepin would be a blast.

    ps Follow me back on Twitter @OliverRanch 🙂

  11. Allison Day Says:

    I would love to learn from Morimoto… who better to learn all the ins and outs of Japanese cooking from? 🙂

  12. kat Says:

    Hmmmm…that’s such a toughie since there are a few I think our great but maybe I’d pick Jamie because he’s cute & seems like he’d be a laugh

  13. molly Says:

    i’d like to learn from Ferran Adria.

  14. molly Says:

    my tweet, handsongourmet win what’s cooking? game, enter here, http://tinyurl.com/bnlko9

    http://www.twitter.com/handsongourmet

  15. Carla Pullum Says:

    Bam! Emerald
    Carla
    cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. Jennie Smith Says:

    I would like to learn from Jamie Oliver, but please don’t be a naked chef…keep your clothes on. It’s hard to cook with my eyes closed.

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