Bio: Learn More About Host Jamie Oliver

March 1, 2010 10:28 am

Bio- Learn More About Host Jamie Oliver

Bio- Learn More About Host Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver is truly a phenomenon in the world of food. From restaurants to TV shows to cookbooks to charity work, Jamie does it all. He’s also busy raising three daughters with his wife, Jools. Whew!

You’ve probably seen Jamie at one point or another, as he’s had several hit TV shows including The Naked Chef, Jamie’s Kitchen, Jamie’s School Lunch Project, Jamie’s Great Italian Escape and a bunch of other shows with the name Jamie in the title.

Jamie always seems to find a way to get people to enjoy their time in the kitchen. He’s even inspired many fans to grow their own food. His programs have been broadcast in over 50 countries and his books translated into 26 languages.

Jamie’s interest in food came at an early age at his parents’ restaurant. After training at Westminster Catering College, he worked in France and returned to London working at Antonio Carluccio’s Neal Street Restaurant. He later moved to the acclaimed River Café, where he was featured in a TV documentary.

It didn’t take long for Jamie to be offered his own TV show and a little hit called The Naked Chef was born. The concept was about stripping food down to its bare essentials. Jamie’s hands-on style and laid-back outlook proved to be a breath of fresh air in the food world and the show garnered him a BAFTA Award. As you might have guessed, a series of popular cookbooks published by Hyperion Books followed, including “The Naked Chef,” “The Return of the Naked Chef “and “Happy Days with the Naked Chef.”

In 2001, Jamie took his show on the road and the Happy Days Tour was a huge success. That year also saw Jamie cooking for the Italian Prime Minister. By the end of 2001, Jamie wanted to ‘give something back’ to the catering industry, so he opened a training restaurant for young people. The year he spent on this project was captured in a hit TV series.

In 2004, motivated by the poor state of meals in UK schools, Jamie embarked on an ambitious venture to educate and motivate others into eating healthy, nutritious lunches rather than processed foods. He launched a national campaign and an online petition for better dining. Jamie took the petition to 10 Downing Street and the British government pledged an extra £280 million to improve the standard of school meals. Anyone else as impressed as we are?

In 2008, Jamie worked on ABC’s The Big Give and Jamie’s Ministry of Food, a UK series which showed inspired kitchen-challenged folks to learn how to cook. A book, Jamie’s “Ministry of Food” (“Jamie’s Food Revolution” in the US, Hyperion, Oct. 2009 publication) quickly became one of Jamie’s most successful books both in the UK and internationally.

In 2009, Jamie tackled the issue of pig welfare in Jamie Saves Our Bacon. Told ya he was in more shows with the name Jamie in the title!

Jamie had the great honor of cooking at 10 Downing Street for assembled world leaders in advance of the G20 talks. In 2010, Jamie was a recipient of prestigious TED Prize, given annually to a “world-changer” in technology, entertainment or design. Previous recipients include President Bill Clinton and Bono.

Those two guys are great, but we have to ask…can they cook? We have no idea. All we know for sure is that, if they can’t, Jamie Oliver could teach them anything and everything they need to know. He’s already taught us a thing or two. Can’t wait to see what Jamie cooks up on his new series, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, which debuts FRIDAY, MARCH 26 9/8c on ABC!