James Trevor "Jamie" Oliver MBE born 27 May 1975 sometimes known as The Naked Chef, is an English chef, restaurateur and media personality, known for his food-focused television shows, cookbooks and more recently his campaign against the use of processed foods in national schools. He strives to improve unhealthy diets and poor cooking habits in the United Kingdom and the United States. Jamie Oliver's speciality is Italian cuisine, although he has a broad international repertoire.
* 1 Life and career
* 2 Personal life
* 3 Notable career milestones
* 4 Charity and campaigning
* 5 Advertising
* 6 Television shows
* 7 Other television appearances
* 8 Live shows
* 9 Controversy and criticism
* 10 Scarlet Division
* 11 Pop culture
* 12 Books
* 13 References
* 14 Further reading
* 15 External links
Life and care
Jamie Oliver was brought up in Clavering, Essex, England. His parents ran a pub, "The Cricketers", where he used to practise in the kitchen. He was educated at Newport Free Grammar School. He left school at 16 without any qualifications to attend Westminster Catering College. His first job was as a pastry chef at Antonio Carluccio's Neal's Yard restaurant, where he first gained experience of Italian cuisine. Oliver then moved to The River Café, Fulham, as a sous chef, where he was noticed by the BBC in 1999. That year, his show The Naked Chef debuted and his cookbook became a number one best-seller in the UK. That same year, Oliver was invited to prepare lunch for then Prime Minister Tony Blair at No. 10 Downing Street.
In July 2000, Oliver married former model Juliette Norton.The couple met in 1993 and have four children: Poppy Honey Rosie Oliver (born 18 March 2002), Daisy Boo Pamela Oliver (born 10 April 2003), Petal Blossom Rainbow Oliver (born 3 April 2009) and Buddy Bear Maurice Oliver (born 15 September 2010). Oliver announced the births of the two youngest children on Twitter. The family live in Clavering, Essex. is of partial Sudanese ancestry.
Notable career milestones
In 2000, Oliver became the face of UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's through an endorsement deal worth £2 million a year.
Putting up his house as collateral without telling his wife, Oliver created the Fifteen Foundation in 2002. Each year, 15 young adults who have a disadvantaged background, criminal record or history of drug abuse, are trained in the restaurant business.
In 2003, he was awarded an MBE.
In 2005, he initiated a campaign called "Feed me Better" in order to move British schoolchildren towards eating healthy foods and cutting junk food. As a result, the British government also pledged to address the issue. Delving into politics to push for changes in nutrition resulted in people voting him as the "Most Inspiring Political Figure of 2005," according to a Channel 4 News annual viewer poll.
His emphasis on cooking healthily continued as he created Jamie's Ministry of Food, a television series where Oliver travelled to inspire everyday people in Rotherham, Yorkshire to cook healthy meals. His latest television series is "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" (2009), where he travels to Huntington, West Virginia to change the way Americans eat and address their dependence on fast food.
Oliver's holding company, Sweet As Candy, has made enough profit for Jamie to have been listed on The Sunday Times list of richest Britons under 30.
It was reported in October 2009 that Oliver is in the process of raising $22 million to help fund 30 of his Italian restaurants in Asia.
In December 2009, Oliver received the 2010 TED Prize.