Jamie Oliver is probably the best known and most influential British chef of recent generations, thanks to his hugely popular TV shows and his campaigns to promote the best of British cooking and raise the standards for food preparation and presentation in schools and other public institutions. He also runs a highly successful chain of restaurants in both the UK and abroad.
Born and raised in the village of Clavering, Essex, Jamie was educated in London before becoming a pastry chef at Antonio Carlucci's Neal Street restaurant. He was quickly noticed by the BBC and his first television show, The Naked Chef, was broadcast in 1999. The show was an instant hit, particularly with younger generations, and was followed by his first cook book, which became a number one bestseller in the UK.
After the Naked Chef series, Jamie scored an even bigger hit with a documentary series called Jamie's Kitchen (Channel 4), which showed Jamie's attempts to train a group of fifteen disadvantaged youths, who were offered jobs at his new restaurant Fifteen if they completed the course. Following the success of the original restaurant in London, more Fifteens have opened around the globe. Jamie’s high street restaurant, Jamie's Italian, is also now well established across the UK, and he has recently opened the Barbecoa restaurant in London, in partnership with American chef Adam Perry Lang.
Jamie's Kitchen was followed by Jamie's School Dinners and Jamie's Ministry of Food (both for Channel 4), which generated much interest from those who, like Jamie, were becoming increasingly concerned with the quality of food and cooking in the UK. For his efforts to improve food standards, Jamie was honoured with an OBE in 2003.
Jamie’s other TV credentials include Pukka Tukka, Oliver's Twist, Italian Escape, Jamie's Kitchen Australia, Jamie's American Road Trip, Jamie's Family Christmas, Jamie's 30 Minute Meals, Jamie & Jimmy's Food Fight Club, Dream School USA, Jamie & Jimmy's Friday Night Feast, Jamie's Comfort Food and the Emmy Award-winning Jamie's Food Revolution. Jamie has also twice guest-hosted Channel 4's The Friday Night Project and has made two appearances in the Star In A Reasonably-Priced Car segment of BBC2's Top Gear.
Jamie’s cookery programmes have been broadcast in over 100 countries, including the USA, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Japan and Iceland. Having been translated into over 30 languages, the accompanying cookbooks are bestsellers not only in the UK but across the world. His 2010 book, Jamie's 30 Minute Meals, became his first million-selling book in the UK, as well as being the fastest-selling non-fiction book since records began.
Jamie Oliver has had a remarkable career as a chef, TV personality, businessman and as an educator on all things culinary. His natural charm and enthusiasm make him the perfect choice as an Awards Host or After-dinner Speaker, especially for food related Events. To book him, contact Prime Performers for more information, either through our online booking enquiry form or by calling us on 020 7251 8222.
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