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UK poor need a better understanding of food, says tv chef

Jamie Oliver feels an understanding of how to eat well for less is lacking in the UK. Photo: PA

Many poor families in the UK are buying food out of their price range and missing out on vital nutrients, according to TV chef Jamie Oliver.

The 38-year-old superstar chef said he found it "hard to talk about modern-day poverty" as the poor in 21st century Britain did not have a grasp of good food.

In an interview with the Radio Times, the 38-year-old star said poor communities in foreign countries had a better understanding of food and therefore ate better.

Some of the most inspirational food in the world comes from areas where people are financially challenged.

The flavour comes from a cheap cut of meat, or something that's slow-cooked, or an amazing texture's been made out of leftover stale bread.

Jamie Oliver feels an understanding of how to eat well for less is lacking in the UK. Credit: General/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

Oliver denied being "judgemental" and spoke about a mother and child who had appeared on his previous show, Ministry Of Food.

Oliver, whose new Channel 4 show, Jamie's Money Saving Meals series is designed to help people save on their food bill, added:

One of the other things we look at in the (TV) series is going to your local market, which is cheaper, anyway, but also they don't dictate size.

From a supermarket you're going to buy a 200g bag of this or a 400g pack of that. If you're going past a market, you can just grab 10 mangetout for dinner that night, and you don't waste anything."

Jamie's Money Saving Meals starts on Monday on Channel 4.