Jamie Oliver to Tackle Cost of Living Crisis With New Series

Jamie Oliver has landed a new series of one of his one-off shows © Reuters / Bangshowbiz

Jamie Oliver will tackle the cost of living crisis with a new series of Jamie’s £1 Wonders.

The celebrity chef will be back on screens whipping up delicious dishes from budget recipes and offering money-saving cooking tips in a new season of the programme.

Oliver, 47, can’t wait to cook up a storm following the success of the one-off episode, which aired in October last year.

The six-part series will see Oliver plate up cheap meals that cost less than a pound per portion.

A source told The Sun newspaper’s TV Biz column: “Jamie is really excited by the upcoming series.

“He’ll be venturing outside of the U.K., as well as domestically, travelling to countries including Sri Lanka, Cyprus, Italy and India for ideas on cost-saving food.

“Guest cooks will be invited in too, so it will be a real collaboration.”

Oliver is notable for his initiatives surrounding affordable meals, beginning in 2005 when his show After School Dinners highlighted not only the unaffordable options available to families in the U.K., but showcased that meals were unsustainable and, at times, unhealthy.

That show led the Department for Children, Schools and Families in the U.K. to invest £240 million to keep the cost of school dinners low.

The years following the premiere of After School Dinners led Oliver on a journey towards improving the quality and cost of food, specifically for children. In 2010, he was awarded the TED Prize for championing food education and action on child health.

From 2010 to 2013, Oliver published journals and launched programs to help tackle this issue. Notably, he launched The Good Foundation to promote good health and nutrition, utilizing his Ministry of Food Programme.

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© Reuters / Bangshowbiz

Oliver has fond memories of being raised in a pub in Essex during his younger years, and admitted it was “an honour,” especially over the festive period.

He said: “It was full of festivities—decorations everywhere—very jolly, very loud.

“It was a gift, an honour, to live in a pub. On Christmas Day, we’d be up early to do all the pressies, but we’d be open for business from 10 a.m.

“All the locals were like extended aunts and uncles—I was brought up by 30 women.”

Oliver believes he ended up with a talent for cooking because he practiced so much.

He said: “I was good at cooking—not because I was born to do it or a genius but because I just did it again and again.

“I had a terrible time academically at school, but I loved working at the weekend—learning to graft, learning to be tired, learning to earn a pound.”


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