AMERICAN WAY: You come from a pub-owning family and got your initial taste of professional cooking in your dad's place, The Cricketers. What's your favorite pub in London?
OLIVER: The Holly Bush, a proper, original English pub. It's the highest pub in London, so it's got a great view. Plus, the place is only about 10 meters away from my house.
AMERICAN WAY: What do you like to eat when you're in a pub?
OLIVER: Depends on what they're good at. There are great food pubs in this country. The pies, the roasts, some of the more traditional things can be really good. In London, there are places like The Havelock. You get something like the rib-eye for two and lovely potatoes. The nice thing about a pub is that, locally, it's known for being [bad] or for being good. Once you ask around and figure out which ones are good, find out what they do particularly well and order it.
AMERICAN WAY: How about if we upscale it a notch and go for a classic English dinner. What do you recommend?
OLIVER: St. John. It's the kind of place where you get exactly what you order, and it's all bloody good. I go there for smoked eel, bone marrow, game galore, all sorts of wonderful aged beef, prawns, and crab. Great stuff.
AMERICAN WAY: Tell us a secret, Jamie. What's the cool, under-the-radar restaurant that London foodies are whispering about right now?