Chef Jamie Oliver reveals he was offered a role in Lord Of The Rings

The TV cook was offered a part by director Peter Jackson

Chef Jamie Oliver has revealed that he was once offered a role in blockbuster movie Lord Of The Rings – but turned it down.

While recording his new TV series Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast, he explained that director Peter Jackson had offered him a part playing a hobbit in the trilogy’s final instalment, The Return Of The King, in exchange for Oliver cooking for Jackson’s 50th birthday.

The Guardian reports Oliver said: “I got phoned up by the exec producer and asked did I want to go and cook for Peter Jackson’s birthday, the big birthday” before describing having to turn down the offer due to work commitments as “the worst thing that happened to me.”

He continued: “I really wanted to do it. I would have got right into it as well. I would have taken the costume home and said ‘Jools, let’s make love!'”

Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast began on Friday night (January 2) on Channel 4 and will run for six weeks. Guests on the programme’s first episode, which was filmed in a pop-up cafe on Southend Pier, included Tinie Tempah, Hugh Bonneville and Michael Sheen.