Jamie’s nu­tri­tion mis­sion

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - DAR­REN DEV­LYN Jamie’s Great Bri­tain, TDT, Fri­day, 7.30pm

JAMIE Oliver ( pic­tured) has his crit­ics but he’s adamant his life’s on the right course.

Asked what he thinks sets him apart from many celebrity chefs, he says: ‘‘ I hope peo­ple be­lieve in my in­tegrity. I put my heart and soul into it.’’

Given his re­cent de­ter­mi­na­tion to pro­mote health causes that are close to his heart – at the same time risk­ing a pop­u­lar­ity based on his nice- guy per­sona – it’s dif­fi­cult to doubt Oliver’s sin­cer­ity.

In Eat to Save Your Life, he used a corpse to show how obe­sity will bring an early grave. He fol­lowed with Jamie’s Fowl Din­ners, where he elec­tro­cuted a chicken to high­light the cru­elty of bat­tery farm­ing.

That came af­ter Min­istry of Food, a se­ries set in Rother­ham, York­shire, that left Oliver look­ing pale and bat­tle- weary. Rother­ham res­i­dents ac­cused Oliver of por­tray­ing them as ‘‘ dum­bos’’ and ‘‘ nump­ties’’. He hit back, say­ing he had been tar­geted by a mi­nor­ity of lo­cals who saw his show as a ‘‘ van­ity project’’. Some will say Jamie’s Great Bri­tain gives us a wel­come spell from his po­lit­i­cal cam­paign­ing.

This week’s episode sees him travel to York­shire, where he tucks into, among other things, ale, pud­dings and chicken soup.

‘‘ In my job I will al­ways find beau­ti­ful things in any coun­try in the world but one thing I’m guilty of is not do­ing it in my own coun­try,’’ Oliver says of his rea­son for do­ing Jamie’s Great Bri­tain.

Don’t think for a sec­ond that Oliver’s po­lit­i­cal cam­paign­ing has been laid to rest. He re­cently urged the UN Sec­re­tary- Gen­eral to help end the world obe­sity cri­sis.

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