Jamie Oliver is to serve up 40 helpings of a fast-paced new teatime programme which will see him preparing whole meals from scratch in just 30 minutes.

Channel 4 has commissioned the Jamie’s Thirty Minute Meals series from the TV chef’s Fresh One Productions.

Programme makers said the series “aims to show that anyone can get a delicious feast on the table in less time than it takes for a takeaway pizza to arrive”.

The first 20 episodes will hit screens this autumn, with the remaining 20 airing next year.

Channel 4 commissioning editor for factual entertainment, Dominique Walker, said: “Jamie’s Thirty Minute Meals is a brilliantly simple idea.

“The series gives Jamie the chance to do what he does best – coming up with clever and inspiring dishes and making them accessible in Jamie’s inimitable way.

“You wouldn’t believe that you can cook such ambitious meals in less than half an hour.”

The meal ideas are billed as “exciting, varied and seasonal”, combining main course recipes with side dishes, as well as puddings and drinks.

The channel has also confirmed plans to broadcast Jamie’s Emmy-nominated six-part series, Jamie’s American Food Revolution, this autumn.

The series was shown on ABC in the United States earlier this year and followed Oliver to Huntington, West Virginia – dubbed “America’s unhealthiest city” – where the chef attempted to transform eating habits.