Essex-born cookery writer, chef and restauranteur...
Since his arrival on the TV cookery and publishing scene in the late nineties, Jamie Oliver has wowed generations of food lovers with his enthusiasm and his no-nonsense, tasty recipes. He grew up surrounded by good food: his parents ran the Cricketers pub in Clavering, Essex and, from the age of eight, he started cooking and helping the chefs.
Jamie's apprenticeship to restaurant cooking came under some of the best chefs in London. To begin with there was Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo at the Neal Street Restaurant. Then, he moved on to the River Cafe under Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers. The Italian influence on his cooking is strong, with its use of herbs and simple, full-flavoured recipes. It was while he was working at the River Cafe that he was spotted by a television producer and his life changed forever.
The first series that featured Jamie's cooking was The Naked Chef. It was an overnight success, attracting the kind of audience that wouldn't normally watch food programmes. The book that accompanied the series became a bestseller and the young chef, always fully clothed, was catapulted into the limelight. He has published numerous books since, most of which are listed below, and has enjoyed enormous sales success.
Jamie became the recipient of the prestigious TED award for 2010 at a ceremony in California. In August 2010 the Food Revolution series received an Emmy Award for Best Reality Series.
Name: Jamie Oliver
Date of birth: 1975
Place of birth: Clavering, Essex
Current Home: London
Education: Westminster Catering College. Various Kitchens!
Quick, tasty, nutritious food that you can eat everyday of the week. Following the record-breaking success of 30-Minute Meals, Britain's most-popular cookbook of all time, Jamie Oliver brings us the even-better 15-Minute Meals. In creating... Read more ....