Jamie Oliver doesn’t watch cooking shows because they no longer take risks on ‘new talent’

The telly chef shared his thoughts on our favourite cooking shows (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX)

While shows like MasterChef and The Great British Bake Off were one of many programmes that helped channel our culinary skills during lockdown, Jamie Oliver seems to think cookery shows have run their course.

The 46-year-old chef said there are ‘extraordinary’ chefs making video content, but they mostly work on social media platforms such as YouTube.

Asked if he watched cookery shows on TV, Jamie told Radio Times: ‘I tend not to. I don’t think cookery takes risks with new talent. The Naked Chef happened at a certain moment, and it had that great name, but if I tried to do it now, I’m not sure I’d get the commission.

‘There’s extraordinary talent out there, but they’re making their own content on YouTube.’

The culinary connoisseur first made his television debut in 1999 through his BBC show The Naked Chef and its accompanying cookbook which became a number one UK bestseller.

Jamie also admitted he had experienced both ‘great successes’ and ‘great fails’ across his career.

The celebrity chef is back on our screens with a new show (Picture: Paul Stuart/PA Wire)

He said: ‘2019 was the 20th anniversary of The Naked Chef, so I’m wondering what the next 20 years will look like. I’ve had some great successes, some great fails, and you learn. I’m a more measured Jamie now. I just want to do things that make me happy.’

He said this meant ‘going in a more controlled direction.’

Well, his brand-new four-part series proves exactly that, as we see the TV chef cook meals for frontline workers who helped us through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jamie shared a video with his 8.7million Instagram followers with the caption reading: ‘In each episode, I’ll be getting people together and cooking up a different chapter from my new cookbook Together.’

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It doesn’t stop there for the celebrity chef, as he recently announced he was also on the lookout for a new cookbook star.

Read the full interview in Radio Times, out now.

Episode 1 of Jamie Oliver: Together is available to watch on All 4.

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