Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, famous for his passionate and inventive approach to providing kids across the UK with healthy alternatives in school canteens, has admitted today that he feeds his own children on bacon sandwiches, kebab trimmings and Rustler's microwave burgers.
'I live in the real world', said the world-famous Essex chef. 'Making glamorous TV shows about healthy eating campaigns for kids is all well and good, but in reality it's just too bloody expensive and time consuming. Have you actually seen the prices for fresh peppers in Sainsbury's?'
The shock revelation emerged after the TV star was photographed in budget supermarket Lidl, pushing a trolley crammed with Pot Noodles, Monster Munch, an industrial sized bag of chicken nuggets and at least ten bottles of supermarket-brand Dandelion and Burdock.
Some parents, however, have admitted being 'relieved' at Oliver's admittance. Karen Shipley, mother of four from Brighton, said: "He always made me feel guilty for feeding my kids pizza after a busy day - showing off that he can make a three course meal packed with nutritional value in 'under thirty minutes', which, lets face it, is a load of crap. It's nice to know he's human'.
Mr Deniz, proprietor of MarraDonner, a kebab house close to the TV chef's Basildon home, has said he 'isn't surprised' with the news, claiming he serves Jamie at least three times a week. 'He's one of our most frequent customers', he said. 'He doesn't need to telephone his orders in anymore, we know what he likes - two large Kofte kebabs, a side of chips and a large bag of plain donner meat for the kids'.
'I admit I don't take my work home with me' said Oliver. 'But what do people think happens after an eight-hour day cooking in a sweltering TV studio? Do they think I drive home through two hours of traffic, pop on an apron and whip-up a fresh summer salad with a load of raspberry sorbets? Get real, I'm a normal dad. What I can do in thirty minutes, Rustler's microwave burgers can do in 110 seconds'.