Jamie Oliver Carries Olympic Torch Through His Hometown
Despite the torrential downpour, hundreds lined the streets to see the celebrity chef and healthy eating advocate run the torch through his hometown of Newport and past his childhood alma mater, the Newport Free Grammar School.
“It was a real treat especially to run past my old school and see all my old mates and dinner ladies,” he tweeted later, along with a photo of himself soaked in rain. “Even my special needs teacher, Mrs. Murphy, bless her, was there.”
The flame, which is lit in Greece, had already been carried around the world as part of the traditional relay across the globe, and being chosen to participate in the relay is an enormous honor. But Jamie had no comment on whether he felt any discomfort by holding a giant cheese grater while running, nor did he mention whether he’d use the Olympic flame to burn down the giant McDonald’s at London’s Olympic Park.