Jamie Oliver: 'It Would Be Brilliant If Schools Ditched Meat'

The celebrity chef debuted his new vegetarian cooking show this week
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Oliver's new show is all about meat-free cooking (Photo: Channel 4)

Oliver's new show is all about meat-free cooking (Photo: Channel 4)

Jamie Oliver says it would 'brilliant' if schools went vegetarian.

The celebrity chef made the comments during an interview with The Herald Scotland, in which he promoted his new cookery show Meat-Free Meals.

The program, which debuted on Channel 4 this week, follows Oliver as he travels the globe in search of people who cook innovative and tasty veg-based dishes.

The chef is becoming increasingly passionate about cooking with veggies (Photo: Channel 4)

The chef is becoming increasingly passionate about cooking with veggies (Photo: Channel 4)

Child public health

"The idea of schools going veggie is a brilliant idea - it would save loads of money," Oliver told The Herald Scotland.

He added that he would lobby prime minister Boris Johnson in a bid to improve child public health. "Is child health a central pillar of Britain now and in the future? Yes," he said.

"The biggest morally wrong thing we have to deal with right now is that too many times, the better or healthier option is too expensive. We definitely need governments around the world to subsidy better food.

"Generally, what a child and what a family needs is the same as what the planet needs - more veg, more nuts, more seeds, more legumes. If I had a magic wand, I'd love to go to David Attenborough and say, 'Can we do a show called My Health, My Planet?' Because I think that's the conversation now."

Jamie's Meat-Free Meals screens on Chanel 4 on Monday nights at 8.30pm BST. There are eight episodes in the series.