Jamie Oliver

By Dray

Things about this dude.

James Trevor "Jamie" Oliver, MBE is an English celebrity chef, restaurateur, and media personality known for his food-focused television shows, cookbooks and more recently his global campaign for better food education.

Other things about this man.

The man with the mad skills that cooks.

Books/Television

The things he done

In January 2013, Oliver started the Food Tube digital TV platform as a means to promote new cooking talent. In June 2014, three of Food Tube's stars - DJ BBQ, KerryAnn Dunlop (one of the original Fifteen apprentices from 2002) and Cupcake Jemma - published their own cookery books through publisher Penguin Books Oliver hosts Jamie's 15 Minute Meals on Channel 4, which aired for 40 episodes in 2012

Employment

His first job was a pastry chef at Antonio Carluccio's Neal Street restaurant, where he first gained experience with preparing Italian cuisine, and developed a relationship with his mentor Gennaro Contaldo. (Later in his career, Jamie employed Contaldo to help run his successful collection of high street restaurants, Jamie's Italian)Oliver moved to The River Café, Fulham, as a sous chef. It was there that he was noticed by the BBC in 1997, after making an unscripted appearance in a documentary about the restaurant, "Christmas at the River Cafe". In 1999, his BBC show The Naked Chef débuted, and his cookbook became a #1 bestseller in the United Kingdom. That same year, Oliver was invited to prepare lunch for then–Prime Minister Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street.

Awards

In June 2003, Oliver was awarded the MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours. A proponent of fresh organic foods, Oliver was named the most influential person in the UK hospitality industry when he topped the inaugural Caterersearch.com 100 in May 2005. The list placed Oliver higher than Sir Francis Mackay, the then-chairman of the contract catering giant Compass Group, which Oliver had soundly criticised in Jamie's School Dinners. In 2006, Oliver dropped to second on the list behind fellow celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. In July 2010, Jamie regained the top spot and has been named as the most powerful and influential person in the UK hospitality industry once again.

Restaurants

In June 2008, he launched a restaurant called Jamie's Italian, his first high-street business venture, in Oxford, England. Jamie's Italian has proved successful and there are now 35 restaurants in the collection. The brand has been franchised globally and now includes branches in the UAE, Australia, Ireland, Russia, Turkey, Singapore and Hong Kong. Dozens more are planned over the next 4 years. In December 2009, Oliver received the 2010 TED Prize.