He’s built up a hugely successful business empire since shooting to fame on The Naked Chef in 1999.
But Jamie Oliver could be about to call it a day after admitting he “could retire” to look after his five children.
The 42-year-old chef – who has kids Poppy, 15, Daisy, 14, Petal, eight, Buddy, seven, and 15-month-old River with wife Jools – told The Sun: “I have not told anyone this in the public domain. I am 42 now, I have got five kids and I am sort of actually looking at my days.
“I try to be a good dad. I could retire. So I am kind of going, ‘Well, why do I not take my boy to school every day?’ ”
However, it doesn’t look like Jamie will be hanging up his chef’s hat anytime soon as his spokesperson has confirmed he is definitely not retiring.
They told the Independent: “I can absolutely 100 per cent confirm that there is zero truth in the story that Jamie retiring.
“He’s riding high on Quick & Easy Food being his fastest selling book, new book and TV out next year, planning for the Naked Chef 20th anniversary in 2019 and much more beyond that.”
Jamie has previously admitted he doesn’t think he’s the best dad in the world.
He said: “It is a struggle with nappies all over the house and stair gates, we’ve got three sets of kids – we’ve got teenagers so that’s revision, hormones, the whole thing. I’d give myself a six out of 10 as a dad to teenagers. I don’t think I’m very good to be honest.
“And they’re girls, which is really hard and they’re not interested in much I’ve got to offer. And then the others are six and eight and I’m pretty good at that. And then one is a baby and we’re back to the beginning.”
Jamie has built up a huge business empire since shooting to fame on The Naked Chef. Copyright [Ian West/PA]
Jamie bring The Naked Chef back for a 20-year anniversary special of the TV show.
He said: “We’re going to go nuts and have a year of celebrations. We’re going to revisit the old show with a retrospective special.
“The Naked Chef was cool. I wouldn’t say I’m cool any more, I like to think I’m maturing appropriately. I still feel like a kid at heart.”
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