The broadcaster said: ‘It’s been 20 years since Jamie Oliver exploded onto our screens and into our homes with [his TV series] ‘The Naked Chef’ and gave culinary culture a radical shake-up. Jamie has changed how we cook and eat over the last two decades, but how have the past 20 years changed him?’
Presented by Davina McCall, the documentary highlights ‘memorable Jamie moments from the past two decades: the highs and lows, his accidental discovery at The River Café, his rise to fame as iconic Brit-pop chef, his restless campaigning to improve the food system, and the more recent closure of his much-loved restaurant group.’
During his time with Davina, Jamie will discuss some of his difficult times in the spotlight, and lay bare the truth about being The Naked Chef. He will also explain what motivates him, as he outlines his vision for the future and how he would like to spend the next 10 years.
Channel 4 will have exclusive access to Jamie’s home life too as, for the very first time, he allows cameras into his London house. Davina spends time with Jamie, his wife Jools, and their children, in ‘an honest and intimate snapshot of Oliver family life’.
The documentary features unseen clips, behind-the-scenes footage, plus interviews with as-yet unannounced celebrities and politicians, along with Jamie’s friends and family.
In addition, ‘20 Years of The Naked Chef: Jamie Bares All’ 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 Oliver 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 commented: “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.”