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.
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.”
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.