Jamie Oliver ‘spat at’ by angry pupils over healthy eating campaigns

The chef revealed all in a new podcast interview

Updated on 01 June 2021

Jamie Oliver ‘spat at’ by angry pupils over healthy eating campaigns

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has revealed in a recent interview that he was ‘spat on’ by angry pupils due to backlash from his healthy school dinners campaign, which led to the banning of turkey twizzlers in 2005.

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Appearing on the 12 Questions podcast with Fraser T Smith, the famous chef revealed how his successful attempt to ban turkey twizzlers from schools as a way of ensuring pupils had access to healthier meals resulted in verbal and physical abuse. Speaking on the podcast, Oliver said: ‘When I was walking around schools as a 28-year-old, I was getting so much abuse. I had so much DNA on my back every day when I got home… it was proper filth.’

The abuse has not stopped over the years either, with Oliver going on to recall a recent incident at the zoo with his family: ‘It’s funny, I was in the zoo the other day when they opened up again, with my kids, and you know two metres away they go: “That’s Jamie Oliver over there.”

‘And the girl goes: “Yeah, I don’t like him, he’s a f**king a**ehole.” And my kids are right next to me and hearing it as well, it’s a metre and a half away. As I walk away, she goes to me: “Have you tried those new Turkey Twizzlers?” and I went: “No, I haven’t,” and she goes: “Well, they’re horrible!”

‘I said “You probably wouldn’t like the original ones then,” and she goes: “No I did, and you took them, you stole them away from me!”’

Turkey Twizzlers were re-introduced to supermarkets last year, with an improved turkey content of 67-70%, but are unlikely to make a return as a school dinner favourite.

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