Jamie's American Road Trip
About the Show
Jamie Oliver heads off the beaten track to discover the real heart of America, through its people, culture, music and, most importantly, its food
Series 1 Summary
Jamie Oliver searches for the real heart of America, through its people, culture, music and food.
Jamie delves deep into the social issues and diverse cultures of 21st-century America, from gangs to homelessness, and recession to racial prejudice.
He meets cowboys in Wyoming, alligator hunters in Louisiana, ex-gang members in LA and high-society ladies in Georgia. He finds Native Americans fighting to preserve their food culture in Arizona and experiences New York's 'melting pot' of street food.
Episode 1 - Los Angeles
Los Angeles is synonymous with glitz and glamour. But Jamie experiences a very different version of the American Dream a few miles east of the Hollywood sign among America's largest concentration of Mexican immigrants.
East LA is notorious for gangs, drugs and violence, but Jamie also discovers a community proud of its food, committed to family and striving to achieve a better life.
Jamie samples Mexican delicacies with great-great-grandmother Maria at a fiesta-style birthday party. But on the following day he meets Rigo, an ex-gang member turned successful chef who is hosting a special meal to commemorate his uncle Emmanuel, the victim of a gangland shooting.
Jamie is inspired to discover the fresh flavours of Mexican food at a charity helping ex-gang members, and agrees to cook his version of a Mexican feast for a baptism meal.
Episode 2 - Wyoming
Jamie tries the rodeo, camp-fire cooking, Rocky Mountain Oysters, and a night sleeping under the stars in Wyoming, to find out if the cowboys he loved as a kid still exist.
Episode 3 - New York
Jamie explores the underground restaurant scene in New York, shares a Hookah in Queens, makes noodles on the hoof in Chinatown and hosts his own supper club featuring a melting pot menu.
Episode 4 - Louisiana
Jamie goes hunting for alligators and cooking gumbo in Louisiana, as well as helping a local eatery get back on its feet again just weeks after Hurricane Gustav has wreaked havoc.
Episode 5 - Georgia to Florida
Jamie drives across America's Deep South in search of the best cheap food in the US. Along the way, he cooks soul food, listens to gospel music and enters a mass barbecue competition in Florida.
Episode 6 - Arizona
The final stop on Jamie's tour is a Navajo Indian reservation in Arizona, where he encounters America's oldest cuisine and explores Navajo rituals and traditions.
Jamie's American Road Trip synopsis
Jamie Oliver heads off the beaten track to discover the real heart of America, through its people, culture, music and, most importantly, its foodEpisode Guide >