It’s been 20 years since Jamie Oliver exploded onto our screens and into our homes with ‘The Naked Chef’ and gave culinary culture a radical shake-up. Jamie has helped changed how we cook and eat over the last two decades – but how has the past 20 years changed him?
Presented by Davina McCall, a new documentary which airs on Channel 4 at 8pm on Wednesday (August 21) highlights memorable Jamie moments from the past two decades, from his accidental discovery at The River Café, his rise to fame as a celebrity chef and his campaigning to improve the food system, to the more recent developments at his restaurant group.
In ‘Jamie Oliver: the Naked Chef Bares All’, Channel 4 will have exclusive access to Jamie’s life as, for the very first time, he allows cameras into his London home, where Davina spends time with him, his wife Jools, and their five children.
The broadcaster said: ‘This intimate documentary features unseen clips, behind-the-scenes footage, plus interviews with celebrities and politicians, along with Jamie’s friends and family.
‘During his time with Davina, Jamie discusses some of his difficult times in the spotlight, and lays bare the truth about being The Naked Chef. He also explains what motivates him, as he outlines his vision for the future and how he would like to spend the next 10 years.
‘The show also catches up with students who appeared on ‘Jamie’s Kitchen’ and ‘Jamie’s School Dinners’ and looks at how food culture has changed since 1999. It tracks how ‘The Naked Chef’ helped get men back into the kitchen, the rising popularity of cooking, and the increasingly shocking statistics of childhood obesity today.’
Jamie said: “Wow, 20 years: so much has happened in that time. Davina is a brave woman to come and get a taste of life with five kids in the Oliver household! But it’s been a pleasure to welcome her in and show her what my world is really like, at home and work. I hope everyone enjoys looking back with me at the past two decades, remembering the amazing times and some tough times… not to mention a few dodgy haircuts along the way.”
Channel 4 factual entertainment commissioning editor Timothy Hancock added: “At this crucial point in his life, Jamie has allowed unprecedented access to his life, and has opened up to Davina with a real honesty. It’s going to make for a fascinating documentary about one of Britain’s most recognisable personalities.”