Has Jamie Oliver sold his soul?

(170 Posts)
ABaconAndOnionTart Mon 16-Sep-13 20:28:51

Okay, I know this has been done to death but, Jamie Oliver advocates higher welfare meat, and yet is cooking chicken wings in his budget programme. Can't remember seeing free range or organic wings for sale unless attached to the bird! aibu thinking his message is forget the morals to save money?

ILoveTomHardy Wed 25-Sep-13 19:45:17

I wouldn't mind him banging on about healthy food and school dinners etc if his Jamie's Italian restaurants weren't so vile.

Went to the one in Nottingham on Saturday having been to others previously (not my choice of restaurant but for birthdays of friends etc).

The service was dire. Waited an hour for starters and another hour for the mains. The starters were ok but the mains were awful. My DP'ss DD had chicken lollipops which were basically manky chicken on what looked like a long toothpick and five chips. Yes five.

My lasagne was burnt on the top and sloppy inside. My DP's tagliatelle bolognese was a mound of dry pasta with maybe a tablespoon of sauce.

The main courses were, in short, disgusting. Will never eat there again while I have got a hole in my arse.

buandnu8 Wed 25-Sep-13 18:36:59

hello, i thought i was the only one to find fault with mr Jamie fingers in soooo many pies Oliver. i used to think he was great, fighting the small mans cause, real food, ethics etc BUT was shocked and said to see how his website is full of links to supermarkets (ocado)!!! mmmm money saving! and banks advertising. PLUS how many businesses has he got!!! Why is he not supporting the local shops, the small uk farmers, the businesses that really need his help? He's up there as an example and that example is all about greed, money and selling his soul to the marketing companies and FAT CAT Supermarkets... very very sad!

Owllady Thu 19-Sep-13 17:46:36

when i read the title I thought he was the new advertising face for frey bentos pies

fatlazymummy Thu 19-Sep-13 17:42:45

Yeah, I'm sure you're right Expat. It's a bit sad though when you realise that for some children their free school dinner may be their only meal of the day. The menus I've seen wouldn't really fill anyone up for very long.

expatinscotland Thu 19-Sep-13 17:33:29

'I don't really understand why they were changed in the 1st place.'

Privatised and put out to cheapest bidder.

fatlazymummy Thu 19-Sep-13 17:28:11

School dinners were great when I was at school - meat, potatoes and veg, sponge and custard, seconds for anyone who was still hungry. And not a single fat kid.
I don't really understand why they were changed in the 1st place.

mignonette Thu 19-Sep-13 15:50:16

His Father and the pub are facing an employment tribunal soon for constructive or unfair dismissal, cannot recall which.

Mopswerver Thu 19-Sep-13 15:16:30

ha ha, no. If I had her money I wouldn't be wasting my time on here. I just think there are worse pariahs out there and his efforts may be ill judged at times but I applaud them. Darksteyes nope. Haven't got a clue what you're on about.

JustBecauseICan Thu 19-Sep-13 14:56:54

grin at Bakingnovice.

Didn't he get into trouble for thinking it's perfectly acceptable for the Fifteen staff to work 98 hours a week or something? Just because his Dad had him peeling the tatties when he was a lad?

Knobber.

Bakingnovice Thu 19-Sep-13 14:47:00

Mop are you jules?

limitedperiodonly Thu 19-Sep-13 14:36:15

I keep meaning to leave these threads alone but I'm drawn to them like a fly to shit.

He is a weapons grade cunt.

LayMizzRarb Thu 19-Sep-13 14:12:57

I think Walls should use his lips as an image for their next marketing campaign.
My DH calls him 'that tosser with the sausage lips'

Darkesteyes Thu 19-Sep-13 14:05:28

YY mignon eg after the webchat on here he went on Radio 4 and simply swapped flatscreen telly for iphone.
And on same webchat he admitted that his book wasnt aimed at poor people and said there were great mumsnet threads for that.
So why bring poor people into it at all if its not aimed at them.

The fuckwit

mignonette Thu 19-Sep-13 14:02:33

Mop He keeps on making those nasty comments though doesn't he? Then makes a mealy mouther apology on here, THEN repeats it all.

No, he needn't don a hair shirt. All he needs to do is as You so neatly put it. Shut up w/ the ignorant social commentary (really just his opinion, not researched analysis) and cook.

Darkesteyes Thu 19-Sep-13 13:59:58

Sorry that should be He made sure that he picked the SAFE prejudice.

Darkesteyes Thu 19-Sep-13 13:58:57

Mopswerver Jamie has shown vitriol towards lots of groups of people And i cant help noticing that you are not the only poster harking back to the past with rose tinted glasses.
a. Experiencing poverty as a child you were protected from it somewhat by your parents. Its the worrying they probably did but that you didnt see because they protected you from it gives you a rose coloured view of that time.
b. Back then there were no zero hours contracts or workfare.
c. IF Jamie had referred to ethnic minorites instead of poor people there would have been a HUUUUGE outcry.
He made sure that he picked the same prejudice.
He picked the safer inverted racism as well in his references to British workers.

Racism is abhorrent whichever group its aimed at and that includes social racism.

YouTheCat Thu 19-Sep-13 12:58:30

All he needs to do is stop flapping those huge lips on subjects he knows little or nothing about.

That would do for a start.

Mopswerver Thu 19-Sep-13 12:56:19

I Don't buy it. It would have taken years for her to get any attention but I suppose that's more noble. From where I'm sitting she has carved out a pretty lucrative career for herself thanks to all the publicitytoo. Good luck to her. She deserves it.

Don't get the anger at all. There are really awful celebs out there who sit back, suck it all up and give nothing back. Whatever you feel he has done to betray the poor (depends on how you interpret his comments) he has and is trying. So he's made some errors in your opinion. Who hasn't?
I'm guessing he would have to don a hair shirt, give all he has plus every penny he earns in the future to please you. He's not doing that he's just doing something. Quite a lot actually. Makes you wonder why people like him bother.

ubik Thu 19-Sep-13 12:56:15

I'm interested in what Boffinmum? was saying upthread about the state run cafes of Britain.

Other countries.. well continents really, have a culture of street food which we don't have in the UK. They sell cheap filling healthy food to all and sundry, to judges and rickshaw workers, to children and the elderly. There was a programme on Radio 4 the other day about Singaporean street food set up to ensure most working people were able to get a decent meal.

I'm really not sure this whole JO appeal to 'mama in the kitchen cooking meals for the family', really is how life is lived in other countries/on other continents particularly in the cities when whole families are working.

What street food we do have is either wanky stalls charging a fortune or your standard friend egg roll/bacon butty van -( which I happen to think is an absolutely fine lunch)

mignonette Thu 19-Sep-13 12:46:00

Mop Actually Mrs Orrey was effecting change and at a more sustainable pace. She has the greater credibility and paid a price for the hijacking of her initiative by the JO juggernaut.

There are huge numbers of celebrities quietly getting on with philanthropy. They just do not shout about it nor do they make nasty, disparaging remarks about people they actually demonstrate very little knowledge of.

And still nobody has defended Jo on his million pound contract w/ Sainsburys and the millions of pounds made from his ready meals and pre packaged foods (many of which were found to be high in salt) followed by his criticism of supermarkets, packaged foods and the people who buy them.

Vile cynical little hypocrite that he is.

Mopswerver Thu 19-Sep-13 12:41:06

She may have been the first Mignon but it would have gone nowhere without him.

It appears that all his businesses contribute to The Jamie Oliver Foundation which is a registered charity and covers the 'Fifteen' stuff and other projects. More than many do I would say.

YouTheCat Thu 19-Sep-13 12:35:47

If you think school dinners are any better, you are wrong.

mignonette Thu 19-Sep-13 12:20:11

Oh and there are thousands of celebrities who don't go on benders/shag about and who also do not make the ignorant, cruel and cynical comments JO made.

mignonette Thu 19-Sep-13 12:19:30

Jack Monroe has a new weekly Guardian column! Am so happy for her.

Here is the first one.

Mop he didn't transform anything. Jeannette Orrey was the first to publicise it. JO has dropped that particular crusade because he doesn't understand the nature of social activism, that it is like eating an elephant- slowly w/ small bites. And of course that 'campaign' came attached to a TV show and book deals and media contracts that he personally profited from. He is no altruist nor a philanthropist.

Mopswerver Thu 19-Sep-13 11:31:48

After becoming a multi-millionaire in his 20's he could have gone on a "drink 7 drugs fuelled bender", shagged everything in sight and basically done what many celebs have done before him. Instead he married his childhood sweetheart, had a family and created thousands of jobs, including for disadvantaged youngsters. At the same time he challenged the Govt and transformed the thinking on school meals. Yes, I can see why you hate him, the arsehole (rolls eyes).

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