- Born May 27, 1975 in Clavering, Essex, England, UK.
- Grew up in Cambridge.
own and operate a successful pub/restaurant, The Cricketers.
- At age 8,
began working at his parent's restaurant.
- Nicknamed "Ollie",
"Ol" or "Jum".
16, attended Westminister Catering College.
- Worked as head pastry chef
for Antonio Carluccio at The Neal Street Restaurant.
- Cooked at the critically
acclaimed River Café in London for three years.
- Received big break
from appearing on television as part of a documentary on the River Café.
- Worked with Optomen Television (who created Two Fat Ladies) to produce
the enormously successful Naked Chef.
- Wrote the
book, The Naked Chef which was number one on the bestseller list for more than
- Currently is the food editor for British GQ magazine.
a regular column with the Saturday Times Magazine.
- In 1999 was invited
to prepare a lunch for the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
- In 2001
took his live cookery show on the road: His Happy Days Tour packed theatres in
Cambridge, Bournemouth and London as well as in seven cities in Australia and
- Now 28, he is consultant chef at Monte's, an advisor for
top British supermarket chain Sainsbury's, and design consultant for quality cook
and tableware for Royal Worcester.
- Recently opened a not-for-profit restaurant,
Fifteen, with the goal of training young unemployeds to work in the kitchen and
on the floor. The London restaurant has become a hit.
- June 2003 was awarded
an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Passions and interests:
- Passions are pasta and bread-making.
- Plays drums with his high school
mates in a band called Scarlet Division, a mixture of "Catatonia and Texas
with a harder edge".
- Travels around London by motorbike.
listening to Turin Brakes, Jamiroquai and Cold Play.
- Admires chefs Rick
Stein for his passion and Gordon Ramsey for his perfection.
- Fave books
include Nigel Slater, Donna Hay, Elizabeth David and the River Café books.
ingredients are Extra virgin olive oil, big fat Sicilian lemons and Maldon sea
Jamie married his childhood sweetheart,
Jools, in 2000. They live in London with their daughters Poppy Honey and Daisy
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