Jamie Oliver

We’re going to take a (pretty safe) punt and say Jamie Oliver may well be the UK's most famous chef.


Birthday: 27 May 1975

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We’re going to take a (pretty safe) punt and say Jamie Oliver may well be the UK's most famous chef. Having begun his public career as the rather cheekily titled ‘Naked Chef’ when he zipped onto our screens on the back of a Vespa at the ripe old age of 24 in 1999, Jamie Oliver has since gone on to become a global household name. This famous figure has made a brand of himself and has since expanded his repertoire far beyond being a chef – including turning his hand to be a healthy food campaigner and cookbook writer.

Having grown up helping out at his parent’s pub, Jamie was surrounded by the buzz of a professional kitchen from a young age. With experience working for his family business under his belt he then went on to train under Antonio Carluccio at his Neal Street Italian restaurant where he met Gennaro Contaldo – a friend, colleague and advisor who he’s remained close to ever since. At Neal Street Jamie specialised in pasty before moving on to become a sous chef at infamous London restaurant, the River Café. It was here that he made a brief appearance on a documentary about the famous West London eatery. His cameo was spotted by the production company Opotmen and led to him being approached to make his first BBC TV series. In this – The Naked Chef – his cheery ‘cheeky chappy’ personality characterised a move away from more the more formal cookery show presenting style we’d seen previously on British screens, earning him a spot as a favourite of food lovers across the country for his properly tasty, ‘pukka’ recipes.

Jamie Oliver's Restaurants

Barbecoa

1999 - 2018
"The public health of five million children should not be left to luck or chance."
"I left school with basically nothing, I was a special needs kid. I did feel as though my school had let me down."

His first series propelled him to being one of the country’s leading culinary personalities, securing him a book deal for The Naked Chef, a title which quickly became a bestseller. From here the father-of-five built his empire, opening multiple restaurants, creating a range of branded food products and kitchenwear, filming many more TV shows and becoming a campaigner for the promotion of healthy food for kids in schools and the improvement of packaged food labelling regulations.

Despite his near-unanimous popularity, it hasn’t always been plain sailing for the chef. Jamie Oliver has often spoken about being dyslexic, having left school with just two GCSEs and having been reported to have read his first novel at the age of 38 (it was The hunger Games thriller Catching Fire, if you’re interested). Aside from academic challenges the chef has also more recently struggled to sustain his success, facing the collapse of his restaurants across the UK in 2019, as well as being criticised for partnering with Shell on the company’s petrol station outlets to provide various food items. Some have expressed concerns that working with the company goes some way to undoing his work promoting climate change issues and the interests of children.

Despite the ups and downs, Jamie won official recognition by way of being awarded an MBE in 2003, as well as having other pretty impressive achievements under his belt, like cooking for the then-Prime Minister Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street. If you have an appetite for more Jamie Oliver news, read below for a whole host of quick-fire facts.

Latest articles about Jamie Oliver

Looking to keep up with all of Jamie Oliver’s latest news? Us too. We regularly write about the dad, chef and campaigner here on SquareMeal, and all our latest stories are below for you to read.

"Every kid in every school no matter their background, deserves to learn the basics about food - where it comes from, how to cook it and how it affects their bodies. These life skills are as important as reading and writing, but they've been lost over the past few generations. We need to bring them back and bring up our kids to be streetwise about food."

Latest recipes from Jamie Oliver

Harissa chicken traybake
59 mins
297 calories

Harissa chicken traybake

By Jamie Oliver
Singapore-style fried rice
25 mins
528 calories

Singapore-style fried rice

By Jamie Oliver
Potato gnocchi
90 mins
181 calories

Potato gnocchi

By Jamie Oliver
More recipes

Jamie Oliver's Books

Jamie Oliver is a prolific author, having a whole ream of bestselling cookbooks under his belt. Here’s a run-down of all of Jamie Oliver’s cookbooks:

7 Ways
7 Ways
Published 2020
Veg
Veg
Published 2019
Jamie Cooks Italy
Jamie Cooks Italy
Published 2018
TV Show - Jamie Cooks Italy
5 Ingredients - Quick & Easy Food
5 Ingredients - Quick & Easy Food
Published 2017
TV Show - Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food
Super Food Family Classics
Super Food Family Classics
Published 2016
TV Show - Jamie’s Super Food Family Classics
Everyday Super Food
Everyday Super Food
Published 2015
TV Show - Jamie’s Super Food
Jamie's Comfort Food
Jamie's Comfort Food
Published 2014
TV Show - Jamie’s Comfort Food
Save With Jamie
Save With Jamie
Published 2013
TV Show - Jamie’s Money Saving Meals
Jamie's 15 Minute Meals
Jamie's 15 Minute Meals
Published 2012
TV Show - Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals
Jamie's Great Britain
Jamie's Great Britain
Published 2011
TV Show - Jamie’s Great Britain
Jamie Does...
Jamie Does...
Published 2010
TV Show - Jamie Does…
Jamie's 30-Minute Meals
Jamie's 30-Minute Meals
Published 2010
TV Show - Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals
Jamie's America
Jamie's America
Published 2009
TV Show - Jamie’s American Road Trip
Cook with Jamie
Cook with Jamie
Published 2009
Jamie's Ministry of Food
Jamie's Ministry of Food
Published 2008
Jamie at Home
Jamie at Home
Published 2007
Jamie's Italy
Jamie's Italy
Published 2005
Jamie's Dinners
Jamie's Dinners
Published 2004
Jamie's Kitchen
Jamie's Kitchen
Published 2002
TV Show - Jamie’s Kitchen
Something for the Weekend
Something for the Weekend
Published 1999
The Naked Chef
The Naked Chef
Published 1999
TV Show - The Naked Chef

FAQs

Who is Jamie Oliver?
Jamie Oliver is a British chef and campaigner whose experience began in his childhood years at his family’s pub and whose work now includes a number of cookery books and TV shows.

How old is Jamie Oliver?
Wondering when Jamie Oliver’s birthday is? In case you fancy sending him a card, Jamie Oliver’s birthday is 27 May 1975, making him 44 at the time of writing. He was born and raised in Clavering in Essex.

How much is Jamie Oliver worth?
Wealth Management title Spear’s estimates Jamie Oliver’s net worth to be £240 million in 2020. To put this in perspective, the average salary in the UK works out at around £30,420 a year, putting Jamie in the very tip top bracket of British earners.

Where does Jamie Oliver live?
Jamie Oliver currently lives in Essex, where he grew up. While filming for the Naked Chef Jamie lived in a three-bedroom townhouse in London’s Clerkenwell, while more recently he occupied a seven-bedroom Hampstead home with his family.

Who are Jamie Oliver’s Family?
Heading up the Oliver household are Jamie’s parents, Trevor and Sally Oliver who are also mum and dad to Jamie’s two siblings, Anne-Marie and Ian. Jamie is married to childhood sweetheart Jools, who he shares five children with.

Who is Jamie Oliver’s Wife?
Jamie is married to Juliette Norton (now, Oliver), who is known to her pals as Jools. The pair met as teenagers on a double date with Jamie’s best friend Jimmy Doherty who he has worked with on the TV programme Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feasts over the years. Having been married for twenty years now (Jools and Jamie that is, not Jamie and Jimmy you understand), the pair happily tied the knot in 2000 and share sweet snaps on social media each year to mark the occasion. Jools was a model and fashion designer when she was first introduced to Jamie and has since gone on to collaborate on childrenswear collections with brands like Mothercare. Jools has also written two books, one a children’s story and another a real-life account of pregnancy and motherhood as told through the lens of her experiences.

Who are Jamie Oliver’s children?
Jamie is a proud father to five children, three girls and two boys. Jamie and Jools’ eldest child is Poppy Honey Rosie who was born in March 2002, next up is Daisy Boo Pamela (born in April 2003), then comes Petal Blossom Rainbow who made an appearance in April 2009, followed by Buddy Bear Maurice born in September 2010 and Jamie’s youngest is River Rocket Blue Dallas who was somewhat of a ‘surprise baby born in August 2016.

Jamie Oliver's TV Shows

Jamie Oliver has appeared on a huge number of his own and other people’s TV shows over the years. Here’s a list of where you can catch him in action:

Jamie’s Meat-Free Meals
2019 -

Jamie’s Meat-Free Meals

Jamie Cooks Italy
2018 -

Jamie Cooks Italy

Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food
2017 -

Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food

Jamie’s Italian Christmas
2017 -

Jamie’s Italian Christmas

Jamie’s Super Food Family Classics
2016 -

Jamie’s Super Food Family Classics

Jamie’s Super Food
2015 -

Jamie’s Super Food

Jamie’s Comfort Food
2014 -

Jamie’s Comfort Food

Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feasts
2014 -

Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feasts

Jamie’s Money Saving Meals
2013 -

Jamie’s Money Saving Meals

Dream School USA
2013 -

Dream School USA

Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals
2012 -

Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals

Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club
2012 -

Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club

Jamie’s Great Britain
2011 -

Jamie’s Great Britain

Jamie’s Fish Supper
2011 -

Jamie’s Fish Supper

Jamie’s Dream School
2011 -

Jamie’s Dream School

Jamie Cooks Summer
2011 -

Jamie Cooks Summer

Jamie’s Best Ever Christmas
2010 -

Jamie’s Best Ever Christmas

Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals
2010 -

Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
2010 -

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

Jamie’s Family Christmas
2009 -

Jamie’s Family Christmas

Jamie’s American Road Trip
2009 -

Jamie’s American Road Trip

Jamie Saves Our Bacon
2009 -

Jamie Saves Our Bacon

Jamie’s Ministry of Food
2008 -

Jamie’s Ministry of Food

Jamie’s Fowl Dinners
2008 -

Jamie’s Fowl Dinners

Jamie’s Return to School Dinners
2007 -

Jamie’s Return to School Dinners

Jamie’s Chef
2007 -

Jamie’s Chef

Jamie At Home
2007 -

Jamie At Home

Jamie’s Kitchen Australia
2006 -

Jamie’s Kitchen Australia

Jamie’s School Dinners
2005 -

Jamie’s School Dinners

Jamie’s Great Italian Escape
2005 -

Jamie’s Great Italian Escape

Jamie Does…
2005 -

Jamie Does…

Return to Jamie’s Kitchen
2003 -

Return to Jamie’s Kitchen

Oliver’s Twist
2002 -

Oliver’s Twist

Jamie’s Kitchen
2002 -

Jamie’s Kitchen

Pukka Tukka
2000 -

Pukka Tukka

The Naked Chef
1999 -

The Naked Chef

Quotes

I left school with basically nothing, I was a special needs kid. I did feel as though my school had let me down.

The public health of five million children should not be left to luck or chance.

Every kid in every school no matter their background, deserves to learn the basics about food - where it comes from, how to cook it and how it affects their bodies. These life skills are as important as reading and writing, but they've been lost over the past few generations. We need to bring them back and bring up our kids to be streetwise about food.

Food is one of life's greatest joys yet we've reached this really sad point where we're turning food into the enemy, and something to be afraid of.

If I’d have spent 13 years opening posh restaurants, I could assure you they’d all be open today. You know, Britain has always been very good at nourishing the rich. My obsession – just because I knew it was my audience – was mid-market dining. It was so badly represented.

I want to half childhood obesity by 2030 and I will dedicate all of my platforms, passion and connections to get as close to that goal as possible. I’ll do that through documentaries, campaigns, working with and chastising governments and big businesses.