IPSWICH is in Jamie-mania mode as the anticipation of the celebrity chef's arrival in Ipswich tomorrow afternoon begins to show on the city's streets.
CBD businesses are preparing their fronts for Jamie Oliver's arrival by hanging British decorations to welcome the celebrity chef.
Tickets for the once in a lifetime event were snapped up in 15 minutes and organisers expect many more to taste the atmosphere in the Civic Centre for a live screening of the class.
Mayor Paul Pisasale said four people will be plucked from the audience to take part in the cooking class and join the four competition winners and Ipswich celebrities to make up the 20 cooks.
Grand stands surrounding d'Arcy Doyle place will be packed with the 500 ticket winners, eagerly awaiting the cooking demonstration.
Cr Pisasale will be one of the lucky ones getting a first hand look at how the famed chef works his magic in the kitchen.
"I'm looking forward to cooking with him and talking to him about how we can improve the nutritional value of food around Australia," he said.
"Just to be in his person, most people get excited when they see him on TV, but there's nothing better than to see him in real life."
Cr Pisasale said having Mr Oliver in Ipswich proved all the critics wrong, especially as he is spending the majority of his time in Ipswich.
Anticipation has been building for Louisa Janke and Janette Adams of Precious Packages on Ellenborough St, who are still in a state of disbelief about their beloved Jamie coming to Ipswich.
The pair snapped up tickets to the cooking class and were so determined to do so they closed their business until they had registered their names.
In honour of Mr Oliver's visit, they decorated their shop window with miniature Union Jack flags, a vintage style blackboard complete with a chalk written Jamie-style menu and fresh produce flowing from cane baskets.
They have also released a limited edition candle titled 'The Naked Biscotti', available for purchase from tomorrow.
Mrs Janke admired Mr Oliver's zest for life.
"My children really relate to him, they are 10 and eight. It's about the home and living life to the fullest and we embrace that every day of our lives," she said.
She said her favourite shows were those when Mr Oliver took on the school systems in LA and the UK.
"I really connect with that. The ones that focus around the kitchen gardens and bringing real people their dishes and experience to the table, those are the sort of things it's all about."
Jamie Oliver will spend three hours in Ipswich tomorrow.
The cooking classes and live screening begins at 1pm.
The cooking class will be streamed live on thegoodguys.com.au/ipswich/.
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