Famous Foodies Take to the Road

Celebrity chefs Bob Blumer and Jamie Oliver both have roadtrippin credentials.

Blumer (a.k.a. The Surreal Gourmet) is a a cookbook author, artist and professional bon vivant.

He has been described as "one of today’s most imaginative food personalities" and can be seen on the Food Network.

He also, apparently, enjoys long road trips.

In order to promote his critically acclaimed third cookbook, Off The Eaten Path: Inspired Recipes for Adventurous Cooks, Blumer embarked on an ambitious 30-city, three-month odyssey in the early 2000s in his customized Airstream trailer.

Nicknamed the Toastermobile, the trailer was equipped with a $50,000 stainless steel industrial kitchen, and crowned, naturally enough, with two eight-foot slices of toast.

Around the same time that Blumer was touring in the Toastermobile, Jamie Oliver hit the road in his 1959 Volkswagen Samba van to spread the word across the UK about his latest cookbook, Happy Days with the Naked Chef.

In 2005, Chef Oliver used the van again, this time to tow a custom kitchen trailer while traveling the Italian country-side for the TV show, "Jamie's Great Italian Escape".

But according to a story in The Independent newspaper, the van kept breaking down and Oliver eventually tired of it.

In May 2007 he put it on the auction block and it, along with the trailer, were expected to fetch upwards of $100,000.

But it looks like Oliver's roadtrippin days are not over.

An October 23, 2008, a story on the guardian.co.uk website reported that Oliver has signed up to do another show, "Jamie in America", which is being billed as a "culinary backpacking road trip" across the US.

No word yet on his new vehicle of choice.