Jamie Oliver chooses Thessaloniki for new show

Jamie Oliver

The internationally renowned chef Jamie Oliver, presenter of cooking shows that is broadcasted all over the world, is expected to be in Thessaloniki in the near future.

The British chef chose to include Thessaloniki in the filming of the new travel documentary series he is preparing.

The municipality of Thessaloniki achieved the inclusion of the city in the Unesco Creative Cities Network in the field of Gastronomy.

Just recently Thessaloniki was included in the top 50 destinations in the world proposed by Time magazine precisely for its gastronomy.

Meanwhile, the chef has revealed his wife Jools is still suffering the effects of long COVID and says she has had it for two years.

He opened up on the health nightmare Jools has been living with and said they had desperately been seeking help at Harley Street clinics, but that she was finding it "deeply scary".

Speaking to The Mail's Weekend magazine, the 47-year-old said: "She's had bad COVID and long COVID so she's been really affected by it, sadly. She's ok, but still not what she wants to be.

"It's been two years. She finds it deeply scary. We're all over Harley Street like a rash, but no-one really knows anything. The data on long COVID is still piling in. She's been an absolute superstar."

The couple, who have been together since they were 18, have five children together ranging in age from 20 to five.

Jamie admitted that he'd "found teenage girls very hard" with his daughters Poppy, Daisy and Petal now aged 20, 19 and 13, while sons Buddy and River are 11 and five.

Saying that he missed getting hugs from his children as they got older, he added: "You never get the kid back after 13, they completely change. That took a while to get over. So I've struggled with the teenage years."

He also added that he thought his daughters had a tougher time at university because of having a famous dad, saying that they were "judged" and the subject of "banter" as soon as other students realised who they were.

The chef, who is known for campaigning for better quality school meals and support for children living in poverty, admitted that his new cookbook One: Simple One-Pan Wonders was "a middle-class cookbook for Middle England".

He added that it is not intended to help struggling families with the cost of living crisis, saying people on universal credit "ain't buying this".

Oliver reached the public eye when his series The Naked Chef premiered in 1999. In 2005, he opened a campaign, Feed Me Better, to introduce schoolchildren to healthier foods, which was later backed by the government.

His TED Talk won him the 2010 TED Prize. In June 2003, Oliver was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for "services to the hospitality industry".

Him and his wife have five children: Poppy Honey Rosie (born 18 March 2002), Daisy Boo Pamela (born 10 April 2003), Petal Blossom Rainbow (born 3 April 2009), Buddy Bear Maurice (born 15 September 2010), and River Rocket Blue Dallas (born 7 August 2016).

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