Jamie Oliver

Essex-born cookery writer, chef and restaurateur.

Jamie Oliver

Biography

Date of birth: 27 May 1975

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 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. He first worked for Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo at the Neal Street Restaurant and then 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.

Jamie Oliver's success has gone from strength to strength. He has worked with the UK government to increase the healthiness of school dinners, opened a number of successful restaurants and his books are a regular addition to the Christmas bestseller lists.

Similar authors to Jamie Oliver

Nigel Slater, Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers and Gennaro Contaldo.

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Jamie's Comfort Food

Jamie's Comfort Food

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Jamie's new cookbook brings together 100 ultimate comfort food recipes. It's all about the dishes that are close to your heart, that put a smile on your face and make you feel happy, loved, safe and secure. Inspired by everything from...
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Save with Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less

Save with Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less (Hardback)

by Jamie Oliver

Format: Hardback 288 pages
Published: 29/08/2013
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd

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Jamie gets the nation cooking clever, shopping smart and wasting less with his new cookbook, Save with Jamie. This year, I've got the message... Read more

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Jamie's 15-Minute Meals

Jamie's 15-Minute Meals (Hardback)

by Jamie Oliver

Format: Hardback 288 pages
Published: 27/09/2012
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd

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Quick, tasty, nutritious food that you can eat everyday of the week. Following the record-breaking success of 30-Minute Meals, Britain's... Read more

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Jamie's Great Britain

Jamie's Great Britain (Hardback)

by Jamie Oliver

Format: Hardback 408 pages
Published: 29/09/2011
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd

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Jamie Oliver celebrates Britain's very best food in Jamie's Great Britain. Jamie grew up in one of the first true British... Read more

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Jamie's 30-Minute Meals (Hardback)

by Jamie Oliver

Format: Hardback 288 pages
Published: 30/09/2010
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd

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This title helps you make complete meals, from kitchen to table in no time at all. In the bestselling Jamie's 30-Minute Meals, Jamie Oliver will... Read more

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Jamie Does

Jamie Does (Hardback)

by Jamie Oliver

Format: Hardback 360 pages
Published: 15/04/2010
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Jamie Does ...is Jamie's Oliver personal celebration of amazing food from six very different countries. Cheap, short-haul flights and long... Read more

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Jamie's America

Jamie's America (Hardback)

by Jamie Oliver

Format: Hardback 360 pages
Published: 03/09/2009
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Jamie Oliver takes you on the food adventure of a lifetime in Jamie's America. 'America - A country of many contrasts. For me, it presented... Read more

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Jamie's Ministry of Food: Anyone Can Learn to Cook in 24 Hours

Jamie's Ministry of Food: Anyone Can Learn to Cook in 24 Hours (Hardback)

by Jamie Oliver

Format: Hardback 360 pages
Published: 03/10/2008
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Jamie Oliver will teach you to cook from scratch in...Jamie's Ministry of Food. Sixty years ago food was in short supply and malnutrition rates... Read more

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Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life

Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life (Hardback)

by Jamie Oliver

Format: Hardback 408 pages
Published: 06/09/2007
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Learn simple cooking with Jamie Oliver's bestselling Jamie at Home. 'This book is very close to my heart. It's about no-nonsense, simple... Read more

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Cook with Jamie: My Guide to Making You a Better Cook

Cook with Jamie: My Guide to Making You a Better Cook (Paperback)

by Jamie Oliver

Format: Paperback 448 pages
Published: 02/07/2009
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

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Jamie Oliver invites you to Cook With Jamie. 'I can't tell you how long I've dreamt about writing this book. It's the biggest book... Read more

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Jamie's Italy

Jamie's Italy (Paperback)

by Jamie Oliver

Format: Paperback 336 pages
Published: 28/01/2010
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

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Explore Jamie's Italy - travel on a culinary tour with Jamie Oliver. Ever since working at the River Cafe for Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray, Jamie... Read more

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Jamie's Dinners

Jamie's Dinners (Paperback)

by Jamie Oliver

Format: Paperback 336 pages
Published: 28/01/2010
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

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Jamie Oliver's back with a vengeance in Jamie's Dinners. This time he's tackling school dinners and family meals. Jamie's Dinners... Read more

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Jamie's Kitchen

Jamie's Kitchen (Paperback)

by Jamie Oliver

Format: Paperback 336 pages
Published: 28/01/2010
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Jamie Oliver's no 1 bestseller, Jamie's Kitchen This is the ultimate guide for people who love great food and want to cook. It's packed... Read more

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Happy Days with the Naked Chef

Happy Days with the Naked Chef (Paperback)

by Jamie Oliver

Format: Paperback 320 pages
Published: 28/01/2010
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Jamie Oliver's no 1 bestseller, Happy Days with the Naked Chef. Jamie is one of Britain's best-loved chefs who has made cooking interesting... Read more

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The Return of the Naked Chef

The Return of the Naked Chef (Paperback)

by Jamie Oliver

Format: Paperback 288 pages
Published: 28/01/2010
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Jamie Oliver's returns with his second bestselling book, The Return of the Naked Chef. The bestselling, brilliant young chef is back with a... Read more

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The Naked Chef

The Naked Chef (Paperback)

by Jamie Oliver

Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 28/01/2010
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Jamie Oliver's original and exciting first book, The Naked Chef. Britain's most exciting young chef, Jamie Oliver combines bold flavours and... Read more

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Jamie's Comfort Food

Jamie's Comfort Food (Hardback)

by Jamie Oliver

Format: Hardback 408 pages
Published: 28/08/2014
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd

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Jamie's new cookbook brings together 100 ultimate comfort food recipes. It's all about the dishes that are close to your heart, that put a... Read more

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