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Jamie Oliver Cooks for the G20 Conference

Jamie Oliver Cooks for the G20 Conference

Philip Webster, Emily Godsen and Valerie Elliott | UK Times

Other guests will include Martha Lane Fox, 36, the founder of the website lastminute.com, who survived a near-fatal car crash in Morocco in 2004. The accident left her in hospital for a year. She is now a non-executive director of Marks & Spencer and Channel 4 and a trustee of Reprieve, campaigning on prison reform.

Dame Tanni Grey-Thomson, 39, who won 11 Paralympic gold medals in a sporting career in wheelchair racing until her retirement in 2007, will be there, and Emma Freud, 47, the broadcaster, will also take her place alongside the spouses. She is the great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud, the psychoanalyst.

Also in attendance will be Gurinder Chadha, 49, a film director whose works include Bend It Like Beckham. She was born in Kenya but grew up in Southall, West London. She is a former BBC news reporter who made award-winning documentaries before moving into film work.

The Browns were keen to avoid accusations of extravagance after leaders at the G8 meeting in Japan last July were served a lavish eight-course meal with 18 separate dishes, including caviar and Kyoto beef. So sensitive have been the arrangements for Jamie Oliver’s dinner menu tonight that the dishes were decided upon only last week.

Oliver, who last cooked at Number 10 for Tony Blair and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in 2003, has pledged to offer the very best of British produce.

He said: “It’s always a huge honour to cook at No 10, but to be invited to cook for such an important group of people who are trying to solve some of the world’s major problems, well that really is a privilege.

“I’m hoping that the menu I’m working on will show that British food and produce is some of the best in the world.”

The official lunch for the G20 leaders will be at the ExCeL centre in East London.

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