Learn more about your favorite chef, Jamie Oliver.





Jamie Oliver Biography

Twitter: @jamie_oliver


  • Born May 27, 1975 in Clavering, Essex, England, UK.
  • Grew up in Cambridge.
  • Parents own and operate a successful pub/restaurant, The Cricketers.
  • At age 8, began working at his parent's restaurant.
  • Nicknamed "Ollie", "Ol" or "Jum".


  • At 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 10 weeks.
  • Currently is the food editor for British GQ magazine.
  • Has 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 New Zealand.
  • 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.
  • Enjoys 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.
  • Favorite ingredients are Extra virgin olive oil, big fat Sicilian lemons and Maldon sea salt.


Jamie married his childhood sweetheart, Jools, in 2000. They live in London with their daughters Poppy Honey and Daisy Boo.



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