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LESS is more. That is Jamie Oliver’s phi­los­o­phy with Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food.

The celebrity chef (pic­tured) has stripped back his recipes to five key in­gre­di­ents for his new tele­vi­sion show and ac­com­pa­ny­ing cook­book.

The move echoes the work of Aussie food­ies Kim McCosker and Rachael Ber­ming­ham who pub­lished their first 4 In­gre­di­ents book in 2009.

Now Oliver is on the band­wagon with easy-to-make dishes de­signed to en­cour­age peo­ple with busy lives to eat healthy rather than buy take­away.

“I orig­i­nally wrote the book for four in­gre­di­ents and they (recipes) were good but I don’t think the Aussie pub­lic want good from me – I think they want some­thing more ex­cit­ing,” Oliver says.

“For me, five was the magic num­ber. It meant that we could cook a good dish but also in­tro­duce a new in­gre­di­ent (to each recipe). It could be Thai green curry paste or mango chut­ney or harissa paste. These things are in your pretty av­er­age su­per­mar­kets now. I’ve al­ways been about mak­ing food as ac­ces­si­ble as pos­si­ble.”

Oliver has grown more out­spo­ken since he came on the scene with The Naked Chef in 1999. He has cam­paigned for bet­ter food in schools, tar­geted cities with high obe­sity rates, and opened Min­istry of Food cen­tres across the UK and Aus­tralia. JAMIE’S QUICK AND EASY FOOD, CHAN­NEL 10, TUES­DAYS 7.30PM

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