Naked Chef on Obesity: No One Knows How to Cook

Jamie Oliver, grilled on epidemic, rips lack of cooking skills
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2008 4:50 AM CST
A school child has lunch as his classmates wait in line part of a lunch program a California public school.   (AP Photo/Kent Gilbert)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, widely known as the "Naked Chef" after his hit TV series, blames the obesity crisis on schools for failing to teach students how to cook. Oliver told a British government panel exploring the growing crisis that the inability to cook has driven families to turn to fast food as a primary source of nutrition, reports the Guardian.

Oliver rejected the notion that poor diet is an economic issue. "There are plenty of city boys who earn—used to earn—a lot of money who can't nourish their kids," he said. "It is categorically not about money or time. It's about knowledge."