Jamie Oliver

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The day after appearing in a documentary about The River Cafe, Jamie got calls from five production companies wanting to talk to him about a show of his own. At first, he thought it was his mates playing a prank.

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Jamie Oliver is one of the world’s best-known television personalities and one of Britain’s most famous exports. His television series include The Naked Chef, Jamie's Kitchen, Jamie's School Dinners, Jamie's Great Italian Escape, Jamie's 30 Minute Meals and the Emmy Award-winning Jamie's Food Revolution (ABC). His programs have now been broadcast in more than 50 countries, including Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Japan and Iceland. Having been translated into 26 languages, the accompanying cookbooks are bestsellers across the world.


Jamie believes that people can improve their lives through food. As a result, he set up the Fifteen Foundation, a charity that gives disadvantaged youngsters training to gain a career in the catering industry. In 2005 he also set about revolutionizing the state of school food in Britain. Following his School Dinners program, Jamie collated a petition with over 271,677 signatures from concerned parents, which he took to 10 Downing Street, the official home of England’s Prime Minister. As a result the government pledged an extra £280 million (440 million) to improve the standard of school meals, to provide training for staff and to supply equipment for schools.


In 2008, Jamie set up his first Ministry of Food center in the UK, which was conceived as a practical resource to help tackle the obesity epidemic by educating his countrymen about food and teaching them simple recipes to help them move away from relying on junk food and take-out.  


In 2010, he launched his food revolution in the United States. Building on everything he had learned at home, Jamie travelled to Huntington, West Virginia, which had been called “the most unhealthy town in America,” to help some of the residents turn around their lives. His efforts can be seen in the prime time series Jamie’s Food Revolution on ABC.


In recognition of his endeavors to tackle the obesity epidemic on a global scale, Jamie has been awarded the TED award. In his acceptance speech, he called for global food brands, including supermarkets and manufacturers, to take responsibility for educating people about how to eat a balanced diet, funding and equipment to create a charitable foundation to teach practical cooking skills and recipes, and asked the public to sign a petition that he hopes to take to the White House to call for drastic improvements in school food.


Jamie grew up in his parents' country pub in Essex, England, where he started cooking at the age of eight and has since worked with some of the world's top chefs. After attending catering college and studying in France, Jamie worked at The Neal Street Restaurant in London as the pastry chef before joining the staff of London’s famed River Café, where he worked for three and a half years before filming his first television program, The Naked Chef about a young Brit who stripped food to its bare essentials.


Jamie has starred in five television series and today owns Fifteen and Jamie’s Italian, two restaurants with many locations around the world. He has also written a number of top-selling cookbooks. Jamie's Fifteen Foundation provides training and mentoring for disadvantaged young people and now has programs and restaurants in London, Cornwall, and Amsterdam.Jamie's newest restaurant, Barbecoa in London, is a partnership with American chef Adam Perry Lang.


Jamie lives in London and Essex with his wife, Jools and their for children, Poppy, Daisy, Petal, and Buddy Bear.


To find out more about Jamie’s Food Revolution visit: www.jamiesfoodrevolution.com. His website is http://www.jamieoliver.com/.








*20 Minute Meals*

Jamie has created a fantastic new app for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch to make cooking at home even easier. Let Jamie help you shop for, prepare, and cook all sorts of delicious meals.


*Jamie's Food Revolution*

America's kids need better food at school and better health prospects. We need to keep cooking skills alive. Sign Jamie's petition and show your support for Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution.


Fifteen Amsterdam

Jollemanhof 9
1019GW Amsterdam


Fifteen Cornwall

On The Beach
Watergate Bay, TR8 4AA, UK


Fifteen London

15 Westland Place, N1 7LP
(near the Old Street roundabout)


Jamie's Italian

Inspired by his passion for Italy, Jamie has opened a group of “neighborhood” restaurants across the UK.

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