Jamie Oliver is to be a judge on a new US reality show, Oprah's Big Give. The Oprah Winfrey-backed series begins tonight, pitting contestants against each other in the art of giving. Call it Philanthropy Idol – if you must.
Oliver, who set up the Fifteen chain of restaurants to give disadvantaged youngsters the chance to gain professional training, finds himself cast as the straight-talking sceptical Brit. Imagine a likeable, public-spirited Simon Cowell minus the silly trousers.
Meanwhile, another British TV chef who's big in the States has been exposed as having a touch of the Walter Mittys. Robert Irvine (pictured), who presents Dinner: Impossible on The Food Network, claimed he had helped make a Royal wedding cake, cooked at The White House for various presidents, was a knight and owned a castle. His boasts were first questioned after his hyped new restaurants Ooze and Smooze, which he claimed would turn St Petersburg, Florida, into "the next Monaco", failed to open on time.Reuse content