OLIVER ROPES IN THE KIDS

The ac­claimed chef is over his cru­sad­ing phase – for now – and is cook­ing com­fort food with the fam­ily for a change of pace

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV - DAR­REN DEVLYN

Jamie Oliver is renowned for his boy­ish charm. It was nowhere to be seen, how­ever, when Oliver de­cided it was time to risk his pop­u­lar­ity by forc­ing view­ers to con­front se­ri­ous health is­sues.

He weath­ered se­vere crit­i­cism for his anti-obe­sity cam­paign and Min­istry of Food se­ries set in Rother­ham, York­shire.

He was left bat­tle-weary after Rother­ham res­i­dents ac­cused him of por­tray­ing them as “dum­bos’’ and “nump­ties’’.

Some ac­cused the show of be­ing Oliver’s “van­ity project’’ rather than a gen­uine cam­paign to help those whose di­ets were so appalling that they were eat­ing them­selves to death.

“I don’t ben­e­fit from bulls--ting,’’ a de­fi­ant Oliver says of his crit­ics.

“I go through (in edit­ing) ev­ery scene we film be­cause if I can’t jus­tify ev­ery scene in the show then peo­ple like you

Jamie Oliver pre­pares his Nostal­gia Schnitzel dish.

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