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Jamie Oliver Biography

Twitter: @jamie_oliver

Background:

  • 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".

Resume:

  • 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.

Personal:

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

Magazine:

http://www.jamieoliver.com/magazine/

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