Leigh Purnell has just had her Jamie Oliver Wood Fired Oven delivered after winning a competition on Leigh, from the Bath Area, was overjoyed at winning the competition – obvious from this picture we took when setting up with her.


She was going to build her own wood-fired creation in her garden, but this win has saved her a lot of bother. Leigh said this week:

“I’m not really very lucky, so I carried on looking for the right plan, dug around my garden to find clay patches and was just about to put an advert on Freecycle for other bits I’d need when I got the email telling me I’d won!”

Leigh added: “As a trained chef I have so far made burgers, lamb kebabs and pizza which all tasted incredible and so much better than anything we’ve made using the ordinary oven.”

The oven was delivered straight to Leigh and assembled in 20 minutes: “It’s really easy to use, you light the fire and then when it’s time to cook, you sweep it to the sides and either place the food directly onto the floor of the oven or use an old cake rack.  Both methods work well.  Right now, as we’re just getting used to it, we’re cooking simple things but I’m already thinking of what to make next and ways to use it, for instance  to make oven dried tomatoes and herbs when the oven is cooling down. So, thank you very, very much for the chance to own this fantastic oven or, as my boyfriends calls it, the cooking Dalek.  We love it!”

Check out Jamie’s range of Wood Fired Ovens or watch him talking about the joys of cooking in one.

Jim Tanfield

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I'm Jamie's Website Editor and as well as overseeing my brilliantly creative team I am always looking at ways to eat more great food because I'm always hungry and a little bit greedy. Desert island ingredient: Chillies Favourite dish: Anything Mexican...or French...Japanese...don't make me choose! Favourite Non-Jamie Restaurant: Cinnamon Club

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  • Lyn Lucioandrade

    My inspiration to cook

  • Lyn Lucioandrade

    My 1st Christmas turkey was brilliant thank you Jamie my nephew wants more of it he is 5 yrs old