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Jamie Oliver teams up with Tesco

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Chef and author Jamie Oliver is teaming up with Tesco for the first time to promote the company’s ranges.

He has created a series of recipes and tips for Tesco, which will include “healthier” recipes from scratch.

His fee has not been disclosed. Mr Oliver earned more than £10m from a previous 11-year deal with rival store chain Sainsbury, which ended in 2011.

His restaurants, in common with many other High Street chains, have been closing branches to curb costs.

In an interview with the Financial Times newspaper last week, he revealed he had put £13m of his own money into his Jamie’s Italian restaurant business.

Last month, Mr Oliver said he was considering selling his Barbecoa steakhouses and he is in the process of shutting about a third of his Jamie’s Italian outlets as part of a rescue plan with creditors that would enable it to continue trading.

Swap shop

Tesco, the UK’s biggest supermarket, said the campaign would see Mr Oliver promote “helpful little swaps” in stores, suggesting healthier alternatives with reduced levels of sugar, salt and fat.

The retailer said a basket of these swaps would cost about 12% less than a regular basket.

Jamie Oliver left school with just two GCSEs but was “discovered” by a film crew while working at the River Cafe in west London.

His Naked Chef TV series in 1999 made him a household name and he has written more than 20 books.

He has campaigned on a number of health issues, including school meals and battery farmed chickens and eggs, and he was awarded an MBE in 2003.

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