Manchester City sign up Jamie Oliver

By Victoria Cotterell

Jamie Oliver's move into football cuisine will begin at the start of next season.Photo / AP
Jamie Oliver's move into football cuisine will begin at the start of next season.Photo / AP

The latest Manchester City signing will see supporters swap their classic meat pies for high cuisine.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, best known for his efforts to get UK school children eating healthy fare, has just signed a five-year deal with the club's Etihad Stadium.

Oliver's Fabulous Feasts venture will provide matchday food for the Stadium's public concession stands, hospitality areas, and the City Square fan zone.

The company is "enormously excited" to be working with the club, says Fabulous Feasts managing director Nigel Harris.

"Fabulous Feasts has proven over the last couple of years that we can deliver world class food on a grand scale.

"We've been in discussions with the club for many months and we now have a dedicated team in place to ensure that the hospitality at the Etihad Stadium is truly something special."

Though Oliver is known for promoting healthy food, a recent NZ Herald article revealed his recipes were often less healthy than supermarket ready meals.

Oliver is not the first celebrity chef to be linked to Premier football.

Delia Smith, the UK's best-selling cookery author, is a joint majority shareholder at Norwich City Football Club. She also owns a restaurant, Delia's Restaurant & Bar, on the grounds of Norwich City F.C.

Gordon Ramsay, who is infamous for his expletive-laden rants, has a less rosy history with Premier football. In a 2012 charity match, he was escorted from the pitch by medics after a tackle from retired player Teddy Sheringham left him with a back injury.

Oliver's move into football cuisine will begin at the start of next season

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