Jamie Oliver deals himself brutal blow after snubbing own food in blind taste test

Jamie Oliver took part in a blind taste test and admitted he preferred his rivals' food to his in a recent interview.

The TV chef appeared on Heart Breakfast with Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden on Thursday and took part in a blind taste test of meatball recipes by himself, Gordon Ramsay and Gino D'Acampo. The 48-year-old was able to tell which recipe was Gino's as it was 'saltier'.

When the radio host asked him which dish was his favourite, he said: "Looking at the moment, number 3 is a fave." Host Jamie then revealed the chef's favourite dish was Gordon's. He said: "You thought plate number 2 was Gordon’s…plate number 2 was yours. And third, was your favourite, and that was Gordon’s."

Curious about his decision, Amanda Holden asked: "Was it the soft onions that he clearly nicked from your earlier recipes that you liked?" The Naked Chef star Jamie answered: "I like the sweet, caramelized onions in it, less Italian, a bit more, Anglo-French. Very good!"

jamie oliver deals himself brutal blow after snubbing own food in blind taste test

Jamie Oliver

It comes after fans criticised his Jamie's Air Fryer Meals cooking show on Channel 4. It concluded last month and had the chef share recipes for dishes such as herb-stuffed salmon and a chocolate cheesecake. The show was made in partnership with air fryer brand Tefal. A note at the start of each episode states: "This programme contains product placement".

Its synopsis teased: "[Jamie] shows us how to elevate our culinary credentials with the latest kitchen craze, as he brings us some delicious dishes and innovative ways to make the most of our air fryers." Viewers weren't impressed with the concept and rushed to social media to share their thoughts on the programme.

Several people suggested that they weren't impressed by the concept of the new show and took to the platform to discuss it. One person wrote: "What next James Martin microwaves? Rick Stein slow cooks? This programme is a joke." Another said: "What's next Jamie Does Lettuce Wraps?" A third said: "His jump on the culinary bandwagon is cringeworthy."

Another viewer teased in a tweet: "There's a show on @Channel4 where Jamie Oliver cooks dishes in an air fryer. This is what you get when Phil from marketing asks a focus group and ChatGPT to come up with a cooking show."

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