Jamie Oliver has revealed he suffered a personal loss while filming his 2020 Channel 4 series, Keep Cooking And Carry On.
The TV chef, 47, admitted he accidentally deleted all his phone’s photos and videos from the past 17 years while transferring footage to producers for the show.
Jamie’s wife Jules, 48, had filmed the self-funded programme from their Essex farmhouse during lockdown using his iPhone.
Jamie, who is dad to Poppy, 21, Daisy, 20, Petal, 14, Buddy, 12, and River, six, mourned the lost snaps from precious years in an interview with The Courier Mail.
He said: ‘So, there was a price to pay and that was probably losing [all the pictures and videos of] the birth of all my children.’
‘There was a price to pay’: Jamie Oliver has revealed he suffered a personal loss while filming his 2020 Channel 4 series, Keep Cooking And Carry On (pictured in 2021)
‘Once it’s gone its gone. I have mates who work really senior at Apple, and I have spoken to engineers and there is no bubble, no safety net, no outer rim. I kept saying: “There must be something! There must be something!”
‘But sadly, throughout that process, everything is gone. So, I guess the moral of the story is, stop filming your children and live in the moment.’
Jamie’s wife Jules filmed the self-funded programme from their Essex farmhouse during lockdown using his iPhone.
Jamie recently said Buddy will ‘earn his trade’ if he becomes a chef and won’t live off his name like a typical ‘Nepo Baby.’
The Essex-born star, who released his first children’s book Billy and the Giant Adventure on Thursday, has seen the youngster become a big hit online courtesy of his Cooking Buddies series which has racked up millions of hits.
But Jamie insisted should Buddy choose to follow in his footsteps, he will have a proper grounding just like him in order to make his rising star son a more complete chef.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Jamie said: ‘The only way to do it, is to do it properly.
‘The technical and practical side of cooking is one thing, but the really interesting and emotional thing about cooking is serving people, immersing yourself with food growers and farmers – you can’t fake that.’
Blunder! The TV chef, 47, admitted he accidentally deleted all his phone’s photos and videos from the past 17 years while transferring footage to producers for the show (pictured on the show)
Regret: Jamie, who is dad to Poppy, 21, Daisy, 20, Petal, 14, Buddy, 12, and River, six, mourned the lost snaps from precious years in a new interview (pictured in 2016)
He continued: ‘When I ran the restaurant Fifteen, where most of our young people were unemployed, from prison or troubled backgrounds.
‘We put these kids in front of amazing farmers and artisans, fishermen and producers, that’s what changes you and I’d definitely do that with Buddy, if he wanted to go down that route. He would earn his trade for sure.’
Jamie said Buddy has yet to reveal his future career ambitions and even claims his son isn’t technology minded, despite his success online, admitting ‘he doesn’t even go on YouTube.’
But the father-of-five did reveal the youngster’s cooking talents have developed because of sheer practice.
He explained: ‘When he was ten, and you can find this online, he filleted a mackerel.
‘It’s not because he’s a special kid, it’s because kids are brilliant and when they repeat things a few times, they get good at it – whether it’s cricket, boxing or gymnastics, and he happened to have a mackerel in his hand, which is a cheap fish that’s bloody good for you, and he cooked it for his brother River, crispy skins 90 per cent of the way, and you can’t produce that content.
‘When I take him down the market on a Saturday, he’s had 70-year-old men saying, ‘I’ve never really been into your old man, but I saw you do that video and came here and brought mackerel.’
‘He has that effect on people, particularly the older generation. I’m really proud of him, he’s a good kid.’