Chef Jamie ‘never visited’ South Yorkshire food centre

Jamie Oliver - Food revolution
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The boss of a South Yorkshire healthy eating centre set up by Jamie Oliver has blasted the celebrtity chef – claiming he ‘turned his back’ on the project.

The star’s Ministry of Food TV programme aired after mums of children at Rawmarsh Comprehensive School made headlines when they posted takeaways to pupils through the school fence seven years ago.

Jamie, aged 38, set up the centre – also called Ministry of Food – in the town in 2008, with the aim of showing people how to cook tasty, healthy meals.

The centre – backed by Rotherham Council and the NHS – offered a schedule of free cookery classes, and he hand-picked Lisa Taylor to be its healthy eating ambassador.

But now Lisa, 33, claims as soon as filming was finished, the chef left her with the keys and never contacted the centre again - and didn’t even bother to return her phone calls after it closed last June.

She said: “We haven’t had one visit from Jamie since he finished filming and left.

“For the last five or six years we’ve struggled financially and the council funding stopped and we’ve been applying for grants.

“A visit from Jamie could have made the world of difference.”