I popped along to the filming of Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube Summer Party, his live youtube show filmed in London. Irish food blogger, author & TV bod Donal Skehan was in town to cook on it, and there were some other Youtube characters involved too. I have to announce my ignorance here, I had no idea who any of the others were, save Donal and Crumbs & Doilies (I had a neighbouring food stall to them in Covent Garden some years ago). The Youtube food landscape is completely different to the blogosphere, and I am only beginning to explore it. It was a really fun evening, and also an education.
I have been talking about starting a Youtube channel for – oh – three years now, so my curiosity spurred me along. I love video. It is lively, engaging, fun and a great way of sharing stories of people and places. With food & travel, and travelling as much as I do, there is so much that I could do here, and I feel sad when I think back to trips to amazing places like Bangkok and Tokyo, and how much I could have done there. My problem is time, and lack of kit and technology. I am working on it and hope to launch soon.
Back to Food Tube. Jamie’s team had an alleyway decked out with bunting and cooking islands. I spotted Donal straight away, and behind him was DJ BBQ, in a superb branded spandex catsuit brandishing tongs near his smoker. Cheerful young twins from London sat nearby, these turned out to be JacksGap, their Youtube channel has over 2 million subscribers. They had quite a few superfans waiting outside for hours for an opportunity to have a photo taken with them after. Gennaro Contaldo was dressed as a pepper (or tomato? not sure!). Also in place were Pixie Woo, and the Chiappa Sisters.
The live video is gone now, but there are lots of videos from some of the above on the Food Tube Youtube channel so be sure to take a look.