Jamie Oliver to search for next big cookbook writer in Channel 4 show

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Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver is searching for a cookbook writer deserving of a publishing deal (Picture: PA)

Jamie Oliver will lead a search for the next big name in cookbook writing as part of a show for Channel 4.

The TV chef, 46, will star in a seven-part series featuring home cooks, social media influencers and street food vendors competing for a book deal with Michael Joseph at Penguin Random House.

The joint production between Jamie Oliver Productions and Plum Pictures will see would-be authors try to convince the restauranter, publishers and expert judges that their book concept is a best-seller.

Jamie, who has 25 cookbooks of his own, will mentor the contestants and help develop their skills and passion for food.

He said: ‘I have been crafting cookbooks for over 20 years and I know the dedication, skill and intuition it takes to create recipes people want to buy and try at home.

‘Breaking into publishing is incredibly difficult, an impossible dream for so many amazing cooks out there, so I am just so excited to get out there and discover incredible new talent, new perspectives and new approaches to cooking and food.’

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Jamie has 25 cookbooks to his name, and is now on the hunt for someone to follow in his footsteps (Picture: PA)

The 15 Minute Meals star is ‘thrilled’ to be helping aspiring cookbook authors ‘fulfil their potential.’

The contest will begin with contestants pitching their ideas and signature dishes.

They will then be whittled down by the panel and those remaining will hone their concepts and cook further dishes before three finalists deliver their final pitches and attempt to ‘bring their books to life’ for the judges.

Tim Hancock, commissioning editor for Channel 4, is very excited to have Jamie on board, saying: ‘Who better to lead the search for the next cookbook star than Jamie Oliver, Britain’s bestselling nonfiction author?

‘This series is going to introduce us to a range of amazing new food talent and is guaranteed to make you extremely hungry.’

Samantha Beddoes, executive producer for Jamie Oliver Productions, echoed him, declaring: ‘It will be a delicious series to watch.’

Apply to take part via the Plum Pictures website.

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