46-year-old Oliver rose to fame as the presenter of the BBC cooking show “The Naked Chef” in 1999, and went on to write a series of successful cookbooks, selling more than 46 million copies worldwide, according to his publisher.
He also gained recognition for his campaign to improve children’s lunchtime meals in schools, driving a nationwide push across the UK to make them healthier and to eliminate junk food.
In the Sunday Times interview, Oliver acknowledged that his “empire roast chicken,” a chicken recipe involving coriander, turmeric, garam masala and cumin, would no longer be appropriate today.
A spokesperson for Oliver told CNN Monday that “food is all about sharing inspiration from around the world, and we’re proud to work with some incredible experts to continue to learn about different cuisines and to help us deliver content that is culturally sensitive and inclusive.”
The recipe for “empire roast chicken” was published in Oliver’s 2011 cookbook “Jamie’s Great Britain,” which was accompanied by a Channel 4 TV series that showed Oliver making some of the recipes.
Oliver also celebrated the “trade routes” that he said led to Indian spices making their way into British dishes, and which he used in his “lemon-scented, roast empire-style tandoori chicken.”
Toward the end of the episode, while carving the chicken, Oliver said, “this is empire food, you can use your hands,” and then raised a toast “to the empire” while clinking beers with members of his camera crew.
Although originally billed in the episode as “lemon-scented, roast empire-style tandoori chicken,” the recipe has now been renamed on Oliver’s website as “spiced roast chicken.”
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