Jamie Oliver defends his Punchy Jerk Rice after attacks from Caribbean food fans and MPsJanuary 28, 2022
JAMIE Oliver finally broke cover to defend his controversial fake jerk rice from attacks by Caribbean food fans – saying it was “inspired by Jamaica.”
The chef’s dodgy dish was slammed by Labour frontbencher Dawn Butler, who accused the telly chef for “cultural appropriation” of Jamaican people.
And jerk guru Levi Roots also branded the jalapeno and aubergine concoction a “mistake” on Good Morning Britain.
He revealed he’d shown Mr Oliver how to make a traditional jerk chicken dish.
Yesterday Mr Oliver said the scotch bonnet and spice recipe was meant to be an “inspiration” despite bearing no relation to his cook-at-home dish as he tried to dampen the furious backlash.
Setting the record straight, he said: “I’ve worked with flavours and spices from all over the world my whole career, learning and drawing inspiration from different countries and cultures to give a fresh twist to the food we eat every day.
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“When I named the rice my intention was only to show where my inspiration came from.”
Tory deputy chair James Cleverly waded into the row – accusing Ms Butler of “misunderstanding” British culture.
Writing on Twitter he blasted: “We have always copied and absorbed elements from other cultures, it is a defining feature of British culture. Dawn should get off of the faux outrage bus and relax.”
Fellow Tory MP Neil O’Brien mocked the Labour MP, tweeting: “If Jamie Oliver isn’t allowed to make jerk chicken because it’s cultural ‘appropriation’ she’s going to go mad when she finds out about ‘Jamie’s Italy’.”
The Sun Says
THE attack on Jamie Oliver by Labour is more than a storm in a rice bowl.
It is a terrifying glimpse into Corbynista priorities and how they would wield power if Britain was ever crazy enough to let them.
Corbyn’s lieutenants couldn’t care less about the real racism rife in their party.
They are too busy berating a TV chef for dishing up “jerk rice” and “appropriating” Jamaican culture. “Your jerk rice is not OK,” says Dawn Butler, the idiotic Shadow Equalities Secretary.
Clive Lewis (“Shadow Treasury Minister for Sustainable Economics”) claims Oliver’s rice is basically like slavery.
Yes, they’re round the bend. But imagine these clowns running the Treasury, Home Office or Ministry of Defence.
Imagine them policing your behaviour, or sending our aid to prop up the left-wing tyrants or terror groups their dim-witted, juvenile leader idolises.
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