Jamie Oliver

An advocate for healthy eating in school

Jamie Oliver was born in 1975 in Clavering, Essex, England. He began his culinary career by peeling potatoes in "The Cricketers," the pub his parents owned, at the tender age of eight. By age 11, he was cutting vegetables Julienne style.

Having discovered his passion for the culinary arts, he enrolled at the Westminster Catering College when he was 16. He then served as an apprentice in France. Oliver began his adult culinary career as a pastry chef at a London establishment called "The Neal Street Restaurant." He then moved on to become a chef at the "River Café," where he worked as a sous chef.

In 1996, Oliver was featured in a Christmas cuisine documentary that was filmed at the River Café. The original plan hadn’t involved him, but the film crew found him so likeable that they decided to include him. After the program aired on television, Oliver began to attract attention from producers who were seeking a fresh, young face to host a cooking show.

In the Media

Oliver was signed to a television contract and two tremendously successful seasons of his famous show, "The Naked Chef," which were produced in 1998 and 1999 and aired on the BBC. He has since hosted the successful programs "Jamie's Kitchen" and "Return to Jamie's Kitchen" on Britain’s Channel 4. To date, Oliver’s shows have been seen in over 50 countries around the world.

In his spare time, Oliver has authored seven cookbooks, including the bestseller The Naked Chef.

Social Impact

Oliver has always been a champion of social causes involving food. In 2002, he opened a non-profit restaurant in London called "Fifteen," with the goal of providing culinary arts training to unemployed youth. Plans for similar restaurants are underway around the globe, and soon the Netherlands and Australia will also have Fifteens.

Oliver is famous for his love of organic food. He has incorporated it into many of his signature recipes. Recently, he’s worked to make eating habits in British schools healthier. This endeavor was featured on the Channel 4 show, "Jamie's School Dinners."

In 2003, Oliver was appointed as an MBE (Member of the British Empire).

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