Chilli specialist Joanna Plumb hit national television screens once again this week when her company Edible Ornamentals features on Gordon Ramsay’s new Ultimate Cookery Course programme.
The programme, which airs tonight on Channel 4, also looked at growing and storing chillies to get the maximum flavour, so the film crew visited Cherwood Nurseries in Chawston during the summer to get advice from Joanna, who is now recognised as one of the UK’s foremost experts on chillies.
She said: “The film crew wanted classic shots of red chillies but they visited after a very cold spring which had delayed the ripening of this year’s crop, so they were still green. Fortunately one of our regular customers had overwintered their chilli plant, which we borrowed and it had some really nice ripe chillies. That plant was the star of the day, much to the relief of the film crew.”
The programme also introduces Chipotles, which are currently taking America by storm. Chipotles are Jalapeno chillies which have been slowly dry smoked over wood chips.
Joanna supplies fresh chillies to Fortnum and Masons, Harrods and leading London restaurants, and has previously appeared on numerous radio and television programmes, including Hairy Bikers, Ready Steady Cook, the BBC Good Food Show, BBC 2 series Economy Gastronomy, The One Show and Countrywise.