Jamie Oliver returns to his roots with a pub grub series

The TV chef is back in the UK for a new show on Channel 4 after a lukewarm reception stateside

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He’s travelled round the globe in search of the best European and US cuisine and made an – albeit doomed – attempt to change the eating habits of America. But now Jamie Oliver is heading back to Britain to grace us with his presence and his cooking once more.

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Following the news that Jamie’s Food Revolution Hits Hollywood has failed in its task of convincing Americans to quit fast food, the TV chef’s new six-part series for Channel 4 will instead see him extolling the virtues of Britain’s traditional pub grub.

Dominique Walker, commissioning editor of factual entertainment at Channel 4, said: “In this new series, we see Jamie travelling across Britain to discover the fascinating stories of how our own food, the dishes we think of as traditionally British, are actually a product of the rich melting pot of cultures that have made our country what it is today.”

The series will feature Jamie’s takes on classic local dishes – such as fish and chips and steak and kidney pie – as well as international cuisine adopted by the UK, and will reference his formative years spent in his parents’ pub in Essex.

Jamie said: “It has been a long time coming, but sometimes it takes a few decades of looking at other countries to realise how wonderful your own really is.”

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Returning home seems a safe bet, since Jamie’s popularity appears not to have waned over here. His most recent series, Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals, was well received, with the accompanying book becoming Britain’s fastest selling non-fiction title ever.