Oliver’s hearty Christ­mas dish wish list

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IF ANY­ONE is looking for­ward to a quiet Christ­mas, it would have to be Jamie Oliver. The celebrity chef has been whip­ping up con­tro­versy all year as he con­tin­ues his mis­sion to change peo­ple’s di­etary habits for the bet­ter.

In his doc­u­men­tary Eat to Save Your Life, he had scalpel-wield­ing anatomist Dr Gun­ther von Ha­gens dis­sect the corpse of a 160kg man who died of heart fail­ure af­ter a life­time of scoff­ing junk food.

Jamie’s Fowl Din­ners had footage of Oliver elec­tro­cut­ing a chicken, and un­wanted male chicks were suffo- Jamie Cooks Christ­mas, PG Chan­nel 10, Wed­nes­day, 7.30pm Fes­tive cook­ing spe­cial Du­ra­tion: 1 hour cated. The har­row­ing se­quence was de­signed to high­light the cru­elty of bat­tery farm­ing.

And in Min­istry of Food, Oliver took on a whole city — Rother­ham in York­shire — to show just how re­liant many peo­ple are on take­away food, and how lit­tle knowl­edge or mo­tiv- ation they had to cook even the most ba­sic meals.

Oliver’s wife, Juli­ette, and daugh­ters Poppy Honey and Daisy Boo, must be hop­ing he’ll get off the soap­box and en­joy the fes­tive pe­riod with them at their home in Es­sex. There’s not much chance of that.

‘‘I have 20 fam­ily and friends around in­clud­ing 10 kids, so I’m do­ing a free-range turkey, a goose and a jerk ham. Veg from the gar­den — turnips, Swiss chard, red cab­bage, swede and leeks,’’ he says.

Peo­ple can get some hints for their own Christ­mas feast on Jamie Cooks Christ­mas. He prom­ises to add his own dis­tinc­tive twist to the clas­sic Christ­mas menu.

He’s joined by friend and for­mer men­tor Gen­naro Con­taldo, who brings his Euro­pean in­flu­ence to the dishes.

‘‘We’ve some­thing for cooks of all ages,’’ Oliver says. ‘‘We have the ba­sics of get­ting your turkey in the oven, and we have an in­cred­i­ble jerk ham. There’s a load of clever things you can do with the left­overs — stuff like an amaz­ing Christ­mas salad and a turkey and leak pie — plus some quick­fire ideas for snacks and drinks.’’

All-ages feast:

Jamie Oliver.

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