Chef with his Naked emo­tions

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News -

HE’S built up a $265 mil­lion em­pire dur­ing his hugely-suc­cess­ful ca­reer through restau­rants, TV shows and books, but Jamie Oliver has re­vealed that he wouldn’t wish his ‘lonely’ job on any­one else.

The 42-year-old UK celebrity chef ad­mit­ted he has felt ‘pretty mis­er­able’ at times and says he feels blue once a year.

“When you’re truly happy, I don’t think that you’re push­ing your­self,” he said. “But I’ve been pretty mis­er­able. It isn’t nice. I don’t know if I’d pre­scribe my ca­reer to any­one else. I don’t say I have re­grets, but it’s com­plex. It’s quite a lonely place.

“It still does get to me about once a year. I do wob­ble. I’m pretty tough, but I’m hu­man.”

The father of five said his job, which he says is “to be at war with pro­cessed food and take­aways”, can be over­whelm­ing at times.

“The pub­lic only see one third of what I ac­tu­ally do for a job,” he said.

“The Press will beat the shit out of me un­til they feel sorry for me. Then they’ll build me back up again.”

Oliver, who found fame through the tele­vi­sion se­ries The Naked Chef in 1999, re­cently re­leased his 20th book — Five In­gre­di­ents: Quick and Easy Food. Two years ago Oliver be­came the sec­ond UK au­thor, af­ter J.K. Rowl­ing, to sell more than £150 mil­lion ($265 mil­lion) worth of books.

Jamie Oliver.

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