Jamie Oliver is a famous restaurateur and celebrity chef. He is popular for English cuisine which had made him well known in various restaurants and television shows. He is also popular as writer and campaigner. Among several works he had done, he is best appreciated by the public for his campaign for school children on healthier diets and famous British television show The Naked Chef.
Jamie was born on 27th May 1975 in the United Kingdom in a village named as Clavering, Essex. His original birth name is Jamie Trevor Oliver. His father’s name is Trevor Oliver and mother’s name is Sally Oliver. Both of them owned a restaurant and pub named as The Cricketers where they worked. He and his siblings have raised in their birthplace Clavering, the United Kingdom in a good environment. He gained the knowledge of cooking from his parent as he used to help his mother during her busy time in their restaurant. He attended Newport Free Grammar School for early education and home economics knowledge from City and Guilds NVQ (National Vocational Qualification). He got the official education about culinary and restaurant in 1991 from West-minister Catering College. Both of his knowledge aided him in being the top chef as he is today. He initially entered the chef industry from Antonio Carluccio’s Neal’s Yard restaurant as a pastry chef. He earned the skill of making Italian Cuisine there. Then he got a chance as a sous chef in Fulham, London in The River Café. He got a breakthrough into television industry with the help of BBC after he grabbed their attention when he worked for a documentary.
His television career started in 1999 when he appeared for BBC show the Naked Chef. He was appreciated and loved from his performance which inspired him to write and publish a cookbook. The cookbook became so much popular in the UK and was at first in the bestseller. He got an invitation at 10 Downing Street for preparing lunch for Prime Minister Tony Blair in the same year. In 2000, Sainsbury’s supermarket made an offer to sign a contract worth 2 million $ per year which he agreed and was also busy launching Pukka Tukka which was aired on Channel 4. He also appeared in 52 episodes of Oliver’s Twist showing his cooking skills. He then worked in Jamie’s kitchen series on Channel 4 which was the 15 restaurants in London in 2002. In 2003, Return to Jamie’s Kitchen was aired. Oliver also started a campaign to aware school children and their parents to avoid junk and unhealthy food and prefer consuming healthy nutritious food and named it Feed Me Better campaign which led to British government making a donation of 250 million $ for the children on school dinners. For the campaign, the documentaries were made in which he himself worked on kitchen meals. In 2005, his travelogue series Jamie’s Great Italian Escape was released where he travels throughout places and cooks food.
As his early television entries as cook or host became famous and loved by people, he was approached to work with different shows on different TVs. His Australian show also aired in 2006 as Jamie’s Kitchen Australia. In 2007, he appeared in Jamie’s Chef. He again came up with Jamie’s Return to School Dinners where he again reaches the school where he did the previous campaign and also to other rural schools to advice and check if the children are getting proper hot, healthy, nutritious meals or not. He was also featured in Jamie at Home which was based on the concept of utilising the ingredients of the home garden to prepare recipes along with gardening tips.
In 2008, he appeared in show Jamie’s Fowl Dinners. As he was focused on making people aware of cooking and eating nutritious and fresh food so he made a television series Jamie’s Ministry of Food where he visited Rotherham, Yorkshire and inspired people to cook healthy and fresh food in the same year. A video game named What’s Cooking? with Jamie Oliver was also made in 2008. Continuing the campaign of using free range chickens, in 2009, Jamie Saves Our Bacon was aired on Channel 4 where he visited the pig farming states. Jamie’s American Road Trip was another show which came in 2009 on Channel 4 which showed the adaptability of other people on US new recipes and also gets ideas of cooking visiting several local restaurants, food stalls in streets and off-road diners. In the same year, Jamie also cooked Christmas meals and other traditional dishes along with particular recipes that also included his family members in Channel 4’s series Jamie’s Family Christmas.
In 2010, his show Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution aired on ABC in the US. During different seasons of the show, he visited West Virginia, Los Angeles on a mission of improvising people’s unhealthy eating habits as well as he checked meals provided to different school’s children in the canteen and suggested and prepared fresh food. Along with ABC, the show was also broadcasted on TLC channel in Malaysia and Channel 10 in Australia. He also travelled across different countries in North Africa and Europe; Sweden, Greece, Spain, Morocco, Italy, France and cooked local dishes there and the show was aired on Channel 4. With a motive of teaching the viewers to cook meals using simple methods rather than complex chef’s techniques at home, Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals was aired on Channel 4 in 2010.
In 2011, he appeared in Jamie’s Dream School series. In the same year, he prepared 10 recipes made of fish in Jamie’s Fish Supper show. He was also seen in outdoor locations preparing summer dishes in a 1-hour show Jamie Cooks Summer and travelled nooks and corners of country exploring different dishes, their cooking ideas for finding the reason behind being the British food tasty during the show Jamie’s Great Britain. While in 2012, with a positive response from his previous series Jamie’s 30-minute Meals, he came up with the show Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals in which he showed the techniques of preparing delicious dishes in 15 minutes. He also worked in a series alongside his friend Jimmy Doherty in series Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club which showed the studio in a café in Essex where the duos visited during childhood including food fight and competition with different countries.
In 2013, he appeared in Jamie’s Money Saving Meals and series Dream School USA whereas in 2014, he came up with Jamie’s Comfort Food and continuation of the previous season of Jamie and Jimmy’s show entitled Friday Night Feast.
Besides being a chef and appearing on shows and series on television, he is also renowned for his writing skills. He has been the author of several books and wrote articles in different magazines. In early years of his cooking, he wrote popular books from his cooking experience as The Naked Chef and its other versions as Happy Days and The Return, Something for the weekend and gained popularity. By the appreciation and praise for his writing from his books, he got motivated and inspired to publish other books. He published Jamie’s Italy, Jamie’s Kitchen, Jamie’s Dinners, Cook With Jamie: Guide Making a Better Cook, Jamie’s Little Book of Big Treats. Many of them have been recorded as the bestseller in the UK as well as worldwide. The list of books of Jamie Oliver can be listed as:
He had also made an appearance as host in The Friday Night Project and BBC’s show Top Gear. He had also taken part on Iron Chef America in 2008 as a challenger against Mario Batali as Iron Chef. He was also seen as a judge in Oprah Winfrey hosted show Oprah’s Big Give in 2008 in the US. In 2001, he involved in a live show during The Happy Days Live tour and prepared dishes on stage live in front of people and also presented his talent of singing and drumming. Again in 2006, he went on a tour in Melbourne and Sydney of Australia which also featured 15 London’s students. During this tour also he drummed and sang a song and surprised his fans with different talents and being a successful and entertaining tour, the shows were aired as a documentary on TV named Jamie Oliver: Australian Diary. He also owns several restaurants in different places across different countries and most popular are “Fifteen” restaurants.
He also has initiated different campaigns and participated in other campaigns and charity programs as well. He had visited different schools and public canteens and instructed to cook healthier fresh foods rich in nutrition and method of cooking meals in a better way. He has been active in Ministry of Food campaign since 2008. He along with many celebrity chefs organised various programs about saltwater fishes and giving awareness to the fisherman. He also has been appointed as the goodwill ambassador of Trees for Cities; a charity that works on Environmental issues.
For Jamie’s work in television and different campaigns and charity he has been involved, he is highly appreciated and loved by many people. He has been honoured with several awards as well as got the invitation to participate in different national and international level events and programs. He won BAFTA Award in 2001. He received MBE award British Empire’s Most Excellent Order) in June 2003 in Queen’s Birthday Honour program. He was listed at the top in 2005 Cateresearch.com 100’s list of influential people who had worked in the hospitality industry in the UK. But he was one position behind as Gordon Ramsay topped the same list in 2006. He received TED Prize in 2009 for his initiative to stop providing nutritionless meals to students in British schools. Again he topped the list as one of the influential hospitality person in the UK in 2010. For the contribution he had done during the campaign in improvising school meals for providing the school children nutritional food and controlling obesity, he received Honorary Fellowship in the year 2013 during the program organised by Royal College of General Practitioners. In the same year, he was included in the Culinary Hall of Fame. He secured a place in the list produced by UK company Richtopia in 2015 as Hundred Most Influential British Entrepreneurs.
Being a public figure with so many talents and attractive personality, he has got many fans. Many females tried to approach him and wanted to be in a relationship with him. There are no any revelations or evidence he had been in affairs or had any girlfriend beside model Juliette Norton. They got married in July 2000. They live together in Clavering, Essex which also includes their 5 children Poppy Honey Rosie, Daisy Boo Pamela, Blossom Rainbow, Buddy Bear Maurice and River Rocket. They live happily taking care of their children and there are no signs of being separated.
Along with family, he also has good relation with other family members, relatives, siblings Ian and Anna-Marie Oliver and friends. Although being a famous and richest personality, he is very down to earth person as he helps others in need and very friendly and kind in nature. He had to face different obstacles and sufferings on his way to fame. He had been in different controversies as slaughtering a lamb on air or using endangered species of fish in the show and faced people’s negative reactions also. He was also opposed by few peoples on his campaigns. Despite all these incidents, he took it positively and applied them in his life as motivations to move forward which made him a successful man as he is today. He has been one of the few top richest celebrity chefs in the world.
Oliver was born and resides in England and is a British citizen. His birth sign is Taurus. His ethnicity is white and follows Christian religion. His eye colour is blue and hair colour is white brown. He is 41 years of old and is healthy due to his maintained perfect selection of diet and exercises. He has a height of 5 feet 10 inches (=1.78 meters).
He has a very attractive personality and appears mostly in casual outfits and simple looks. He always wants to live his life easy and simple. He is the wealthiest chef having a net worth of 400 million which he collected only from his hard work and true passion towards his job. He uses social sites and other internet mediums to be in contact with his wellwishers and fans and shares his personal life through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc where he has got many followers.