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In brief.......... Jamie Oliver is a phenomenon in the world of food. He is one of the world's best-loved television personalities and one of Britain's most famous exports. Jamie has had huge success with television series The Naked Chef (BBC), Jamie's Kitchen, Jamie's School Dinners, Jamie's Great Italian Escape, Return to School Dinners, Jamie's Chef, Jamie at Home , Jamie's Ministry of Food , Jamie Does.... and more recently Jamie's 30 Minute Meals and the Emmy Award-winning Jamie's Food Revolution (ABC), as well as the one-off specials Jamie's Fowl Dinners, Eat To Save Your Life, Jamie Saves Our Bacon and Jamie's Fish Suppers (all for Channel 4). Jamie has inspired people to spend more time enjoying being in the kitchen – and even start growing their own food! His programmes have now 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 Jamie's first million-selling book in the UK as well as being the fastest-selling non-fiction book since records began. The high street restaurant collection 'Jamie's Italian' is hugely popular across the UK and the Fifteen restaurant group which he founded in 2002, provides training for young people in three locations around the world as well as producing food of the highest quality. 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 his kids, Poppy, Daisy, Petal and Buddy. In more detail.........

In 2004. the restaurant and the charity into which all the profits would be channelled. became a runaway success. He grew up in Essex. nutritious lunches rather than the . He went back to school with the aim of educating and motivating the kids and dinner ladies to enjoy cooking and eating healthy.Born on 27 May 1975.000 people packing theatres in the UK. with Happy Days with the Naked Chef becoming the official Christmas No. UK and Melbourne.1 in 2001 in the non-fiction chart. Australia in 2006. Jamie spent the autumn of 2001 taking his cookery show on the road – the Happy Days Tour was a huge success with over 17. The concept behind The Naked Chef was to strip food down to its bare essentials and Jamie's handson style and general laid back outlook was like a breath of fresh air. Jamie took an early interest in food. The tour then took in Australia and New Zealand. Soon after the documentary was aired. also called Jamie's Kitchen. bringing his recipes to another eager audience. The series. Jamie was offered his own television show and The Naked Chef was born. The Fifteen Foundation charity now owns Fifteen London and continues its work. Jamie's Kitchen. where his parents Trevor and Sally still run their own highly respected pub/restaurantThe Cricketers in Clavering and was frequently found helping out in the kitchens. In 1997. published by Penguin Books accompanied the first television series and it became an instant bestseller. Followed by cameras that documented his every move he spent the year setting up a training scheme. Jamie embarked on one of his most ambitious ventures to date. Jamie was awarded an MBE in 2003 for his contribution to the hospitality industry. By the end of 2001 Jamie needed a new challenge. and the Academy Award of Excellence at the Tio Pepe Carlton London Restaurant Awards in the same year. along with the second and third tie-in books: The Return of the Naked Chef and Happy Days with the Naked Chef. Jamie was featured in a television documentary about the River Café. where Jamie played to sold out crowds in seven cities. After spending some time working in France. recently recruiting the eighth year of students for training in London. inspiring everyone to cook and winning himself a BAFTA Award for the best television series in the Features Category in 2000. became one of the biggest hit shows of the year. The triumph of the restaurant was shown when it won Tatler Best Restaurant Award 2003. The first Fifteen franchise opened in Amsterdam in 2004 and subsequent Fifteens have opened in Cornwall. motivated by the poor state of school dinners in UK schools. It has now been shown in over 40 countries and the tie-in book. The Naked Chef book. so he decided to open a training restaurant for young people who were not in full time education or employment. He had become a global phenomenon. followed by a stint at Antonio Carluccio's Neal Street Restaurant. A second and then a third television series were commissioned by the BBC. broadcast by Channel 4 in the UK. he wanted to 'give something back' to the catering industry. His fascination for food continued to grow and at 16 Jamie left school and completed his training at Westminster Catering College. London Jamie joined the acclaimed River Café where he worked for three and a half years alongside Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers. 2001 also saw Jamie cooking for the Italian Prime Minister at Tony Blair's invitation at Downing St and also writing various columns in magazines including GQ and The Saturday Times magazine.

Reading. All of Jamie's profits from this book go to the Fifteen Foundation to help more young people to start a career in the catering industry. Jamie filmed a series and wrote a book both called 'Jamie At Home'. Working with Tefal (T-Fal). Jamie also received a special award for his contribution to television at the National TV awards. to provide training for dinner ladies and equipment for schools. a series based on his travels around Italy and his love of Italian food. which are distributed internationally. Over seven months of hard work and constant filming culminated in the award-winning series Jamie's School Dinners. Jamie's Return To School Dinners aired on Channel 4 in September 2006 and as a result of Jamie's new findings the British government made further investment in school meals and food education for school children. advising them on how to further improve the quality and variety of supermarket food. This was accompanied by Jamie's sixth book. Liverpool. Cook With Jamie was published in the UK in October 2006 and quickly became a massive best-seller. London's Canary Wharf. Jamie launched a national campaign called Feed Me Better (www. Jamie has also launched an Italian food range and has a wide range of gift foods. the government pledged an extra £280 million to improve the standard of school meals. which launched in the UK in 2005 and then internationally. As a result of the 271. Through 2006 and early 2007. He had been successfully growing fruit and vegetables and herbs at his Essex farmhouse since 2004 and the book and series reflected his new love of gardening organically as well as featuring delicious recipes inspired by the produce of his garden. shown on Channel 4. The series prompted a public outcry for change to the school meals system and was awarded Best Factual programme at the UK National TV Awards.com) and launched an online petition for better school meals. Restaurants in Bath (Oct 08) and Kingston (Nov 08) followed that first year and subsequent Jamie's Italians have proven to be firm favourites with the people of Brighton. Birmingham. In addition to Jamie's television programmes and books. The series 'Jamie At Home' quickly became a hit in the UK and in a variety of international markets while the accompanying book 'Jamie At Home' also proved to be one of Jamie's biggest sellers both in the UK and overseas.feedmebetter. the first of which opened in Oxford in May 2008. which Jamie took to 10 Downing Street on 30th March 2005. Guildford. in 2005. Jamie has also turned inventor and developed a great kitchen gadget called the Flavour ShakerTM.677 signatures on the petition. Between these two documentaries. London (three restaurants). Sainsbury's. Cambridge. Jamie has launched a number of ranges of cookware including the Jamie Oliver Professional Series.processed foods that they were used to. Leeds. Glasgow. Cardiff. He has also designed a number of ranges of quality tableware and serveware with Churchill China. Jamie's Italy which instantly went to number one in the UK and sold more copies in the week before Christmas than any other non-fiction book has ever done. Jamie works with top UK supermarket chain. In autumn 2007 Jamie announced a new chain of "high street" Italian restaurants called 'Jamie's Italian'. A follow-up documentary. The book was also nominated for the British Book Award 'Book of the Year' in the UK. Jamie's seventh book. Jamie took a break from schools with Jamie's Great Italian Escape. Nottingham and Bristol – .

A second Ministry centre opened in Bradford in November 2009 and a third in Leeds in April 2010. Jamie's Ministry of Food was published by Michael Joseph in October 2008 and quickly became one of Jamie's most successful books both in the UK and internationally. Jamie was celebrating the birth of his third daughter – Petal Blossom Rainbow. Groups ranging from the RSPCA to farmers' organisations praised the programme and the immediate result was an increase in sales of free-range and organic chicken of up to 50%. the Rotherham Ministry of Food centre is so successful that its classes are booked many weeks in advance. Jamie's major project for 2008. He also announced a new high street cooking shop project called Recipease. explored how friends. In 2008. The year also saw the launch of Jamie at Home. was Jamie's Ministry of Food. however. an exciting direct selling business which empowers people to start their own businesses by selling Jamie's quality products through holding parties for friends and colleagues. Eat To Save Your Life used expert analysis as well as an autopsy by Dr Gunther von Hagens on a 25-stone man who literally "ate himself to death" to try to change the dietary habits of a group of malnourished Brits. Jamie's Italian also has a restaurant in Dubai. Rotherham Council announced it would continue to fund the running of the centre and in 2010. Many other UK councils are seriously looking at opening similar centres to try to halt Britain's growing obesity problem. For more info – www. the prime-time Oprah Winfrey-fronted hit show on ABC in the States which aired in the spring. Jamie as usual worked on a number of exciting projects including appearing in The Big Give. Meanwhile Jamie's Fowl Dinners was an in-depth and challenging look at the British poultry industry with a message that unless British consumers were prepared to trade up to a higher welfare chicken and egg. He and a group of graduates and an apprentice from Fifteen London cooked a menu showing off the best of seasonal British food. Jamie was typically busy. family and work-mates could be inspired to pass on recipes to each other and cook using fresh ingredients.com On April 1st. On television he tackled the issue of pig welfare and the need to champion British pig farmers in the Channel 4 one-off programme Jamie Saves Our Bacon. In early 2009. a Channel 4 TV series which showed how people who couldn't cook could be inspired to cook with just a little encouragement and information. the first of which opened in Battersea/Clapham Junction in February quickly followed by a second shop in Brighton in May.jamieathome. Just over 24 hours later. After the success of the Ministry of Food centre.www.jamiesitalian. the British poultry industry would suffer irreparably. cooking lessons and advice to the townsfolk who want to move away from take-aways and ready-meals. A book. a Ministry of Food centre set-up by Jamie in the town centre has been providing information. this time for the assembled world leaders in advance of the G20 talks.com for more info. Jamie began 2008 with a burst of activity fronting two major TV programmes in the UK. Jamie had the great honour of cooking at 10 Downing Street for the third time in his career. Additionally. The series. . filmed in Rotherham.

back in the UK Jamie launched a new book and TV series: Jamie Does… early in 2010 which saw Jamie seeking out fresh inspiration from countries he visited on cheap short hall flights from the UK. winning its slot each week with ratings peaking at 7. was born on 15th September. during which he visited Los Angeles (meeting Mexican ex-gang members who are being rehabilitated through food and cooking). The accompanying book.ted. he returned to America. Jamie and renowned American chef Adam Perry Lang opened Barbecoa restaurant at the One New Change development next to St Paul's Cathedral. Jamie's American Road Trip. Buddy Bear Maurice Oliver. The restaurant specialises in traditional cooking methods using wood. Jamie launched an iPhone app called 20 Minute Meals which quickly became a bestseller and a huge hit with the app-loving public in the UK and overseas as well as winning the much coveted Apple Design Award for apps. Jamie's America. first making a series for Channel 4 (and overseas markets). a daily TV series at 5. to start his first major network series for America television. Leno and Nightline as well as press interviews in The New York Times and TIME magazine. Colombian. If that wasn't enough. "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" premiered on ABC in America in March 2010. . Egyptian and Chinese communities). Early in 2011. charcoal and smoke – www. An accompanying book.com/talks/jamie_oliver. passing the one million mark just before Christmas 2010. this time to West Virginia.selling book to date and the fastest selling book of all time in the UK. Jamie became the recipient of the prestigious TED award for 2010 (previous winners have included Al Gore and Bono) at a ceremony in California.30pm in the UK which aimed to show cooks of all levels that by simply using their kitchen kit cleverly. Jamie appeared on Oprah to launch the campaign and also carried out high profile interviews on Letterman. New York (where he strayed from the typical tourist areas to discover delicious food from the Peruvian.barbecoa.html and in August 2010 the Food Revolution series received an Emmy Award for Best Reality Series. Autumn 2010 saw Jamie's first foray in UK "daytime television" with the launch of 30 Minute Meals. Jamie and his family upped-sticks and moved to California for two months where Jamie filmed the second series of 'Jamie's Food revolution' for ABC. Later that year. Wyoming (where he spent time with cowboys living in a wilderness that has barely changed for centuries). On November 3rd.Jamie spent much of 2009 in the USA. In addition. Late in 2009. to discover authentic recipes and flavours.5 million.com for more info. Georgia (investigating soul food and the southern of barbecuing) and Arizona (where Jamie spent time with the Navajo people and learnt about their food and culture). became Jamie's 10th best-seller. they could get not just one dish but a whole meal on the table in half an hour. Louisiana (hunting alligators and helping to get a restaurant damaged by a hurricane back on its feet). Jamie's fourth child. http://www. "Jamie's 30 Minute Meals" became Jamie's best.