Jamie's Kitchen

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Jamie's Kitchen
Narrated byMark Halliley
Jamie Oliver
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes5
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Talkback Productions
Original networkChannel 4
Original release5 November (2002-11-05) –
10 December 2002 (2002-12-10)
Related showsJamie's Kitchen Australia

Jamie's Kitchen is a five-part British documentary television series that aired on Channel 4 from 5 November to 10 December 2002.[1][2] It follows chef Jamie Oliver as he attempts to train a group of 15 disadvantaged youth, who will—if they complete the course—be offered jobs at Oliver's new restaurant Fifteen. The series was executive produced by Peter Moore for Talkback Productions, and has since spawned several others along similar lines. The show was cancelled due to low ratings.

Original show[edit]

Of the original 15 chefs, five went on to secure cooking careers. Elisa Roche (the only girl to graduate), Ralph Johnson, Tim Siadatan, Ben Arthur and Warren Fleet all ended up working in some of London's best restaurants. Johnny Broadfoot, one of the younger original Fifteen chefs (who graduated after the previous five), returned to Sydney, Australia as head chef of his co-owned restaurant/bar El Beau Room in Manly, which opened in July 2013, and closed in 2016.

An article about bullying in the catering industry, written by Elisa Roche for The Guardian,[3] now forms part of the national curriculum.[4]

One, Kevin Boyle, died at the age of 26.[5]

Fifteen Foundation[edit]

Fifteen is the name of the restaurants and the supporting charitable foundation. The foundation's mission is to inspire disadvantaged youth, including those with drug or alcohol problems, the unemployed and the homeless, to believe in themselves and the possibility of becoming chefs.

The foundation aims to turn Fifteen into a global social enterprise brand. December 2004 saw the opening of a second restaurant in Amsterdam, with others following in Cornwall (May 2006) and Fifteen Melbourne, Australia (September 2006).

Benny Se Teo, a Singaporean ex-convict, heard of the foundation while on an internship with Jamie Oliver and was inspired to start Eighteen Chefs in Singapore along similar lines.[6]

Return to Jamie's Kitchen[edit]

The two-part Return to Jamie's Kitchen aired on Channel 4 on 16 September and 23 September 2003, and follows the fortunes of the restaurant after its opening.[7][8]

Jamie's Kitchen Australia[edit]

Jamie's Kitchen Australia premiered on Network Ten on 14 September 2006.[9] Oliver visited Australia briefly to launch the series, and then returned to London, retaining overall control, but delegating management of the project in Melbourne to old friend, Melburnian chef Tobie Puttock. The series followed the training of a group of 16- to 24-year-old Australians to become chefs in the new Melbourne Fifteen restaurant.

Jamie's Chef[edit]

The four-part Jamie's Chef premiered on Channel 4 on 31 January 2007.[10] Five years and 50 trainees since Jamie's Kitchen, this series aims to help the winning trainee establish their own restaurant at The Cock, a pub near Braintree in Essex. The charitable Fifteen Foundation retains ownership of the property and has provided a £1000,000 loan for the winner, Aaron Craze, to refurbish the establishment. Prior to airing, this was announced in the press as Cutting the Apron Strings.[11][12]


  1. ^ Day, Julia (6 November 2002). "Oliver's 'Chopstars' draws 5m". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  2. ^ Cozens, Claire (11 December 2002). "C4 wants more from Oliver". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  3. ^ Roche, Elisa (28 January 2004). "If you can't stand the heat ... get some balls". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Cook books her place". TES magazine. 11 May 2008. Archived from the original on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Missing Jamie Oliver apprentice found dead". BBC News.
  6. ^ "Chef Benny Se Teo swaps a thug life for a kitchen knife - CNN.com". cnn.com. 3 January 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  7. ^ Crossley, Neil (16 September 2003). "Pick of the day". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  8. ^ Crossley, Neil (23 September 2003). "Pick of the day". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  9. ^ "Naked Chef finds Sydney pukka". The Daily Telegraph. 12 September 2006. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  10. ^ Power, Vicki (24 January 2007). "I Jumped in the Car and Started Crying, the Kids Just Got to Me". Daily Record. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  11. ^ "Next on TV menu: Jamie's restaurant managers". Evening Standard. 2 November 2006. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  12. ^ "Supercow and pigs that glow at night - an average day on the GM farm". Daily Mail. 3 November 2006. Retrieved 1 March 2010.

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