Jamie Oliver MBE

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Jamie Oliver is a celebrity chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author.

Jamie took an early interest in food. His fascination continued to grow and at 16 Jamie left school and completed his training at Westminster Catering College. After spending some time working in France, Jamie joined the River Café where he worked for three and a half years alongside Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers.

The BBC noticed the young chef in 1997 after he made an unscripted appearance in Christmas at the River Cafe. That year, his show The Naked Chef debuted and his cookbook became a number one best-seller in the UK. That same year, Jamie Oliver was invited to prepare lunch for then Prime Minister Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street.

Jamie soon took his cookery show on the road. The Happy Days Tour was a huge success with over 17,000 people packing theatres in the UK. The tour then took in Australia and New Zealand, where Jamie played to sold out crowds in seven cities.

In Jamie’s School Dinners, he went back to school with the aim of educating kids and dinner ladies to enjoy cooking and eating healthy. Jamie launched a national campaign called Feed Me Better and launched an online petition for better school meals. As a result, the government pledged an extra £280 million to improve the standard of school meals.

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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.

A celebrity chef, restaurater, A-list international celebrity, bestselling author, national campaigner, motivational keynote speaker and an MBE at the age of 28, all add up to make Jamie Oliver a brand in his own right.

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