Husbands' naked hatred for Jamie Oliver

Last updated 08:33 02/09/2014
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GREAT EXPECTATIONS: As the Naked Chef, Jamie Oliver raised the bar for men in the kitchen, and not all were pleased.

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Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has revealed he was roughed up by angry husbands who were unhappy the Naked Chef had raised wives' expectations of them in the kitchen.

The British TV cook was speaking at music and food event The Big Feastival in Oxfordshire over the weekend, and told his audience men "hated" him when he first appeared on screens in the 1990s, The Telegraph reported. 

Oliver said: "When I started The Naked Chef you've got to remember it was quite controversial at the time.

"I remember, we'd gone from about 12 per cent of women working to 65 per cent, and the boys of Britain were still saying, 'what's for dinner darling?'

"And then there was this moment of, 'well, what is for dinner, darling?' And I remember men hated me for the first three years, like aggressively. I got chased, got roughed up a few times."

However, times changed, and men soon started trying to outdo Oliver in the kitchen with pukka meals of their own.

"After five or six years, men, instead of abusing me, started saying, 'well, I'm better than you now', and the old testosterone kicked in," he said.

"And when I do a demonstration now, if anything there's more men than women."

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