...By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has disclosed that illegal drug use is prevalent in the fine-dining restaurant industry.
Oliver has worked in the industry himself and claims that workers often consume narcotics on the job.
He also notes that many kitchens are male-driven and aggressive environments that may be overwhelming.
According to the Naked Chef, achieving a 50/50 balance of men and women in the kitchen is the key to reducing stress and drug use in the industry.
Oliver has previously acknowledged that women are essential in creating a more successful kitchen because of the energy they bring to it.
In the past, the chef has been criticized for suggesting that women’s “feminine traits” are essential to successful cooking.
In an interview, Oliver noted that he cooks best when he thinks like a woman.
He described his energy as being more focused on nourishment and more maternal feelings than on control and measurement, which are seen as more masculine traits.
Online social media users have criticized Oliver’s comments, arguing that style of cooking should not be gendered.
Jamie Oliver is known for his advocacy work promoting healthy eating and cooking from scratch.
He has several cooking shows and has published various cookbooks, including Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals and Jamie’s Italy.
Oliver has received numerous accolades, including an MBE for services to the hospitality industry.