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BY DAR­REN DEVLYN

FOR years Jamie Oliver won us over with a com­bi­na­tion of laid-back charm and skill in the kitchen. He then risked that pop­u­lar­ity by fronting a se­ries of shows de­signed to shine a light on an­i­malwel­fare cam­paigns and obe­sity prob­lems.

Oliver weath­ered se­vere crit­i­cism for Min­istry of Food, set in Rother­ham, York­shire, and re­ceived sim­i­lar flak for his war on obe­sity in the US.

Oliver is now back in front of the cam­era do­ing what some say he does best — cook.

In Jamie’s Fam­ily Christ­mas, he shows us sim­ple ways to get the main el­e­ments of Christ­mas din­ner — turkey, gravy, roast pota­toes and stuff­ing — per­fect. Tell us about the pro­gram. We’re all look­ing for a rea­son­ably-priced Christ­mas this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat your­self— we’re show­ing you how to make things go fur­ther, as well as some in­dul­gent treats. We have the ba­sics of get­ting your turkey into the oven. We have an in­cred­i­ble jerk ham, which is de­li­cious. There’s a whole load of clever things you can do with left­overs— stuff like an amaz­ing Christ­mas salad and a turkey and leek pie. Plus some quick-fire ideas for snacks and drinks. What are your top tips this Christ­mas? If you’re cook­ing for lots of peo­ple, do two smaller tur­keys in­stead of one big one. It’ll be eas­ier to cook, and they’ll be juicier. Sort your veg out the night be­fore— do all your peel­ing and chop­ping, and toss­ing in olive oil and herbs . . . What are you do­ing for Christ­mas? I have 20 fam­ily and friends around, in­clud­ing 10 kids, so I’mdo­ing a free-range turkey, a goose and a jerk ham. Veg from the gar­den. What’s your favourite Christ­mas me­mory? Get­ting a drum kit when I was 11 . . . What are your favourite and least favourite Christ­mas foods? Favourite— tri­fle done prop­erly. Least favourite— tri­fle done badly. Jamie’s Fam­ily Christ­mas, Chan­nel 10, Mon-Fri, 6.30pm

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