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Richard Johnson

The Cock In Cider

It’s called The Cock in Cider. Which is quite rude. But Jamie Oliver loves the army truck – complete with machine gun implacement – which he drove on his recent jaunt round the UK.

“I don’t mind cooking in people’s homes – whatever they may look like or wherever they may be. In factories. On buses. Or in chefs’ kitchens. But it’s always nice to go back to your own little place and have some thoughts.” That little place, as it happens, was the Cock In Cider.

It’s basically a giant Land Rover – an ex-military 4 x 4. It only goes 55 mph, but will go climb up pretty much anything. It has, of course, been modified. “It’s got servos on it now” says Jamie. “I don’t know how the original boys did it — you would have had to be built like a brick shit house to handle it. It’s also got a wood-fired oven, and a barbecue that pulls out of the side. I had it for Feastival, and I was cooking pizzas in it for the Charlatans. It’s a beautiful thing.” And I want it at BSFA 2012…….