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Oliver (46) became widely known in 1999 through his BBC show The Naked Chef, but suggested the programme would not be commissioned today.

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Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver has said he does not watch cookery shows because they no longer take risks on "new talent".

The TV chef and restaurateur said there are "extraordinary" chefs making video content but they mostly work on social media platforms.

Oliver (46) became widely known in 1999 through his BBC show The Naked Chef, but suggested the programme would not be commissioned today.

Asked if he watched cookery shows on TV, Oliver 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."

Oliver said he had both "great successes" and "great fails" across his career.

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 added: "I've had a lot of trial and error but you can't stop trying.

"Fifteen (his not-for-profit restaurant) was trail-blazing. Everyone said 'Don't do it', but it's still the best thing I've ever done."

His restaurant empire collapsed into administration in May 2019.

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