Jamie Trevor Oliver
27 May 1975
Clavering, Essex, England
|Education||Westminster Kingsway College|
|Genre||Cooking, cooking tutorials|
|Total views||791.72 million|
Updated: 31 August 2021
Jamie Trevor Oliver MBE OSI (born 27 May 1975) is a British chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author. He is known for his casual approach to cuisine, which has led him to front numerous television shows and open many restaurants.
Born and raised in Clavering, Essex, he was educated in London before joining Antonio Carluccio's Neal Street restaurant as a pastry chef. While serving as a sous-chef at the River Café, he was noticed by Patricia Llewellyn of Optomen; and in 1999 the BBC aired his television show The Naked Chef. This was followed by a first cook book, which became a No. 1 UK bestseller. His television work included a documentary, Jamie's Kitchen, which gained him an invitation from Prime Minister Tony Blair to visit 10 Downing Street.
In 2005, he opened a campaign, Feed Me Better, to introduce schoolchildren to healthier foods, which was later backed by the government. He was the owner of a restaurant chain, Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group, which opened its first restaurant, Jamie's Italian, in Oxford in 2008. The chain went into administration in May 2019.
Jamie Oliver was born and raised in the village of Clavering in Essex. His parents, Trevor and Sally Oliver, ran a pub/restaurant, The Cricketers, where he practised cooking in the kitchen with his parents. He has one sibling, sister Anne-Marie and was educated at Newport Free Grammar School.
He left school at the age of sixteen with two GCSE qualifications in Art and Geology and went on to attend Westminster Technical College now Westminster Kingsway College. He then earned a City & Guilds National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in home economics.
Oliver's first job was a pastry chef at Antonio Carluccio's Neal Street restaurant, where he first gained experience at preparing Italian cuisine, and developed a relationship with his mentor Gennaro Contaldo; later in his career Oliver employed Contaldo to help run his collection of high street restaurants, Jamie's Italian. Oliver moved to The River Café, Fulham, as a sous-chef. He was noticed there by the BBC in 1997, after making an unscripted appearance in a documentary about the restaurant, Christmas at the River Cafe.
In 1999, his BBC show The Naked Chef debuted, and his cookbook became a bestseller in the United Kingdom. That same year, Oliver was invited to prepare lunch for the then-Prime Minister Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street.
After three series of Naked Chef programmes (The Naked Chef, Return of the Naked Chef & Happy Days with The Naked Chef) for the BBC, Oliver moved to Channel 4 in the United Kingdom, where his first series was a documentary, Jamie's Kitchen, which followed the setting up of Fifteen restaurant in London. The restaurant, in Westland Place, London continued to train young adults who have a disadvantaged background for careers in the restaurant business until its closure on 21 May 2019.
In June 2003, Oliver was awarded an MBE for his services to the hospitality industry. Although it is customary to wear morning dress or a lounge suit for the event, Oliver did not wear a tie with his brown Paul Smith suit, saying: "I like ties but I prefer not to wear one when I am nervous."
In 2005, Oliver initiated a campaign originally called "Feed Me Better" to move British schoolchildren towards eating healthy foods and cutting out junk food. As a result, the British government also pledged to address the issue. His public campaign for changes in nutrition resulted in people voting him as the "Most Inspiring Political Figure of 2005", according to a Channel 4 News annual viewer poll. His emphasis on cooking fresh, nutritious food continued as he created Jamie's Ministry of Food, a television series where Oliver travelled to inspire everyday people in Rotherham, Yorkshire, to cook healthy meals. Another television series is Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution (2010–11), where he travelled first to Huntington, West Virginia and then to Los Angeles to change the way Americans eat, and address their dependence on fast food.
Oliver is the second-best-selling British author, behind J. K. Rowling, and the best-selling British non-fiction author since records began. As of February 2019, Oliver has sold more than 14.55 million books, generating just under £180m for the chef.
Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group
In June 2008, Oliver launched a restaurant, Jamie's Italian, his first high street business venture, in Oxford, England. At its peak, there were 42 Jamie's Italian restaurants in the UK. The brand was franchised and includes branches in Australia (which Oliver part-bought back in November 2016 after its founders went bankrupt), Canada, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Qatar, Russia, Turkey, the UAE and Singapore.
In January 2017, Chief Executive Simon Blagden announced the closure of six restaurants in the UK affecting 120 jobs, at sites in Aberdeen, Cheltenham, Exeter, Royal Tunbridge Wells, and in London at Ludgate and Richmond.
In January 2018, as part of an agreement with creditors to secure £71.5M of debt, JORG proposed to enter the UK company Jamie's Italian Ltd into a company voluntary arrangement, seeking rent reductions on eight outlets and closing a further 12 in Bath, Bristol, Bluewater, Chelmsford, Harrogate, Kingston, Milton Keynes, Reading, and St Albans, and Greenwich, Piccadilly and Threadneedle Street in London. As part of the agreement, court papers revealed that Jamie's Italian had debts of £71.5m, including £2.2m in wages owed to staff; £30.2m of overdrafts and loans; £41.3m owed to landlords, HM Revenue and Customs, suppliers and other creditors; with £47m of the debts covered by loans from HSBC Bank and Oliver's other companies.
In 2009, Oliver's chain of cooking school/delis, Recipease, opened in several locations in the UK including Brighton, Battersea, and Notting Hill in London. By the end of 2015, all stores had been closed.
In 2011, Oliver set up Barbecoa, a barbecued meat-based restaurant with his friend, American barbecue expert Adam Perry Lang. There were two outlets, both in London, one in Piccadilly and a second in St Pauls. In 2014 the Piccadilly outlet voluntarily closed for 24 hours after hygiene inspectors gave it the second-lowest rating. The Times reported they had found mouse droppings, mouldy carcasses and out-of-date meat. In February 2018, JORG confirmed that they had "instructed a firm of real estate agents to ascertain the potential value and market suitability of two of our sites". On 19 February 2018, Barbecoa Ltd went into administration, with Oliver immediately buying back the St Paul's site in a pre-packed agreement via a new subsidiary.
The group went into administration on 21 May 2019 with 22 of 25 restaurants closed and 1,000 jobs lost. Jamie's Italian restaurants and Jamie Oliver's Diner at Gatwick Airport continued operations until they were sold to catering company SSP. Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall at Watergate Bay, as well as 61 overseas locations and the catering services operated by Aramark in the U.S., are all operated by franchisees so they were unaffected.
In January 2020, KPMG, the firm administrators, said that most of the £80 million Jamie Oliver's restaurant chain owed after its collapse in May 2019 will not be recovered. Hundreds of suppliers, as well as some town councils, will bear the brunt of the losses. In 2020 an employment tribunal ruled that Oliver's restaurants broke labour laws by failing to consult employees prior to making them redundant.
From June 2000, Oliver became the public face of the Sainsbury's supermarket chain in the UK, appearing on television and radio advertisements and in-store promotional material. The deal earned him an estimated £1.2 million every year, although neither J. Sainsbury nor Oliver has ever discussed the exact figure. By 2004, the company had made 65 advertisements with him, but the arrangement was not without controversy. Oliver was reported to have admitted that he does not use supermarkets, despite regularly having "product placement" in his early TV series.
He criticised Sainsbury's CEO Justin King when Oliver slammed the "junk" sold by supermarkets that ends up in the lunchboxes of millions of children. King reportedly hit back, saying: "Dictating to people—or unleashing an expletive-filled tirade—is not the way to get engagement." In July 2011, after eleven years, the partnership between Oliver and Sainsbury's ended. The final television advertisement was for Christmas 2011.
In August 2013, Oliver and Canadian supermarket chain Sobeys announced a partnership in improving nationwide nutrition and advertising campaigns. In October 2013, he began a partnership with the Australian chain Woolworths Supermarkets on a series of better nutrition initiatives and advertising campaigns.
In January 2016, Oliver and HelloFresh, an international meal kit subscription service, announced a partnership to incorporate his recipes to the weekly subscription deliveries. Customers receive one recipe written by Jamie Oliver with all the exact ingredients and steps for the dish. HelloFresh also agreed to the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation per Meal Box in addition to supporting other Foundation activities.
In 2005, Oliver was widely criticised by animal rights groups for slaughtering a lamb on his TV show without first stunning it, with PETA stating that it showed to the public problems with the methods used within slaughterhouses. PETA spokesman Sean Gifford said that it was hoped the footage "could turn the more die-hard carnivore into a vegetarian". British TV regulator Ofcom reported seven complaints from the public.
In 2005, Oliver embarked upon his school dinners campaign to improve the quality of food fed to pupils in schools. While the campaign was arguably successful, at the time it was a controversial shake-up for students and parents, some of whom believed that the students should have a healthy option available, but still, be given the choice as to what they want to eat.
In 2011, Oliver, an advocate of cooking meals from scratch and using local produce, caused controversy after it turned out the sauces used in Jamie's Italian in Glasgow were from an industrial park almost 400 miles (640 kilometres) away in Bicester. That same year, he came under fire for lack of food safety protections in his restaurants and illnesses associated with under-cooking mincemeat that may have been contaminated with E. coli.
Oliver was criticised for underestimating the cost of supposedly cheap food he encouraged poor people to prepare for themselves, also for an unrealistic view of poverty in Britain and round the Mediterranean. Cookery writer and poverty campaigner Jack Monroe stated that Oliver's comments "support damaging myths that poor people are only poor because they spend their money on the wrong things, rather than being constrained by time, equipment, knowledge or practicalities".
"Moreover, in this case he is not a spectator but effectively a beneficiary of these demands on our farmers. If he doesn't approve of Woolworths' ethics, he can withdraw from the campaign, and refund his endorsement fee. In the last 12 months, the average vegetable grower has gone from making a small profit to making a loss. In the same 12 months, Mr Oliver's wealth rose by an estimated £90 million. Now we know how."
In February 2017, Oliver criticised the Red Tractor scheme, earning the ire of farming leaders, such as Minette Batters, the president of the NFU. Oliver said: "Chickens are bred to grow fast with a high ratio of meat to bone, but this makes them heavy so they can struggle to walk...I think people would be shocked by the reality of what we are buying...I personally wouldn’t feed it to my kids." Batters pointed out that: “There are a lot of people on tight budgets and they must not be disadvantaged in all of this. It is about making sure we can provide quality affordable, safe, traceable food to everybody regardless of budgets, regardless of background.”
In 2019, Oliver partnered with Royal Dutch Shell to offer a Jamie Oliver Deli by Shell branded range at 500 Shell petrol stations in the UK for £5 million. The deal was criticised as a way to improve their image due to Shell's lack of action on climate change, corruption and bribery allegations and damaged Oliver's image of working in the interests of children and for action on climate change.
Charity and campaigning
Oliver conceived and established the Fifteen charity restaurant, where he trained disadvantaged young people to work in the hospitality industry. Following the success of the original restaurant in London, more Fifteens have opened around the globe: Fifteen Amsterdam opened in December 2004, Fifteen Cornwall in Newquay in May 2006 and Fifteen Melbourne in September 2006 with an Australian friend and fellow chef Tobie Puttock. Fifteen Melbourne has since closed, as has Fifteen Cornwall.
Oliver began a formal campaign to ban unhealthy food in British schools and to get children eating nutritious food instead. Oliver's efforts to bring radical change to the school meals system, chronicled in the series Jamie's School Dinners, challenged the junk-food culture by showing schools they could serve healthy, cost-efficient meals that kids enjoyed eating. His efforts brought the subject of school dinners to the political forefront and changed the types of food served in schools.
Oliver's Ministry of Food campaign began in 2008 with the Channel 4 series of the same name and the opening of the first Ministry of Food Centre in Rotherham. More MoF Centres have since opened in Bradford, Leeds, Newcastle/North-East, Stratford (now known as Food Academy) and Alnwick. Ministry of Food Centres and trucks have opened in Australia in Ipswich, near Brisbane and Geelong, near Melbourne. State governments in Australia provided funding for these Centres.
In December 2009, Oliver was awarded the 2010 TED Prize for his campaigns to "create change on both the individual and governmental levels" to "bring attention to the changes that the English, and now Americans, need to make in their lifestyles and diet". In 2010, he joined several other celebrity chefs on the series The Big Fish Fight, in which Oliver and fellow chefs Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Gordon Ramsay made a variety of programmes[clarification needed] to raise awareness about the discarding of hundreds of thousands of saltwater fish because the fishermen are prohibited from keeping any fish other than the stated target of the trawl. He is a patron of environmental charity Trees for Cities.
Oliver's net worth was estimated in 2014 at £240 million.
Awards and honours
On 13 May 2001, Oliver's series The Naked Chef won the BAFTA award for Best Feature at the prestigious 2001 British Academy Television Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London.
In June 2003, Oliver was awarded the MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours. A proponent of fresh organic foods, Oliver was named the most influential person in the UK hospitality industry when he topped the inaugural Caterersearch.com 100 in May 2005. The list placed Oliver higher than Sir Francis Mackay, the then-chairman of the contract catering giant Compass Group, which Oliver had soundly criticised in Jamie's School Dinners. In 2006, Oliver dropped to second on the list behind fellow celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. In July 2010, Oliver regained the top spot and was named as the most powerful and influential person in the UK hospitality industry once again.
In July 2000, Oliver married former model and writer Juliette Norton, usually known as "Jools". They have five children: Poppy Honey Rosie (born 18 March 2002), Daisy Boo Pamela (born 10 April 2003), Petal Blossom Rainbow (born 3 April 2009), Buddy Bear Maurice (born 15 September 2010,) and River Rocket Blue Dallas (born 8 August 2016).
During the summer of 2019, Jamie and his family moved into Spains Hall, the 16th-century mansion in Finchingfield, Essex. The £6m property is located on a 70-acre (28 ha) estate and includes a six-bedroom farmhouse, three-bedroom lodge, swimming pool, tennis court and converted stables.
|1999–2001||The Naked Chef||3 series plus 3 specials|
Oliver's first series. The title was a reference to the simplicity of Oliver's recipes and has nothing to do with nudity. Oliver has frequently admitted that he was not entirely happy with the title, which was devised by producer Patricia Llewellyn.
In the UK edit of the show, the opening titles include a clip of him telling an unseen questioner, "No way! It's not me, it's the food!" The success of the programme led to the books "The Naked Chef" (1999) Return of the Naked Chef (2000) and Happy Days with the Naked Chef (2001).
|Pukka Tukka||Channel 4 special (2000)|
|2002||Oliver's Twist||52 episodes|
|Jamie's Kitchen||A five-part 2002 documentary series. It followed Oliver as he attempted to train a group of disadvantaged youths, who would, if they completed the course, be offered jobs at Oliver's new restaurant "Fifteen" in Westland Place, London, N1.|
|2003||Return to Jamie's Kitchen||2 episodes|
|2005||Jamie's School Dinners||A four-part documentary series. Oliver took responsibility for running the kitchen meals in Kidbrooke School, Greenwich, for a year. Disgusted by the unhealthy food being served to schoolchildren and the lack of healthy alternatives on offer, Oliver began a campaign to improve the standard of Britain's school meals. Public awareness was raised and subsequently the British Government pledged to spend £280m on school dinners (spread over three years). Tony Blair acknowledged that this was a result of Oliver's campaign. Following the success of the campaign, Oliver was named "Most Inspiring Political Figure of 2005" in the Channel 4 Political Awards 2006. In episode 2 of Jamie's School Dinners, Oliver's Fifteen London restaurant was visited by former US President Bill Clinton, who asked to see Oliver. Oliver declined.[why?][clarification needed] 36 people showed up for a booking of 20 and many of them were on a South Beach Diet and refused the special menu that had been prepared, although it had been approved in advance.|
|Jamie's Great Italian Escape||A six-part travelogue series, was first broadcast on Channel 4 in Britain in October 2005. It follows Oliver as he travels around Italy in a blue VW van (plus a trailer for cooking). He is about to turn 30 and this is his personal adventure to rediscover his love of cooking.|
|2006||Jamie's Kitchen Australia||10 episodes|
|2007||Jamie's Chef||A four-part series continuing where Jamie's Kitchen left off. Five years and fifty trainees later, this series aims to help the winning trainee establish their own restaurant at The Cock, a pub near Braintree, Essex. The charitable Fifteen Foundation retains ownership of the property and has provided a £125,000 loan for the winner, Aaron Craze, to refurbish the establishment. As of 13 January 2008, the Cock has closed down and reopened as a regular pub.|
|Jamie's Return to School Dinners (2007)||One-off programme which revisits some of the schools from the earlier School Dinners series as well as exploring how rural schools without kitchens can improvise to ensure children get a hot, nutritious meal during the school day.|
|Jamie at Home||Featured Oliver presenting home-style recipes and gardening tips, with many ingredients coming from his substantial home garden in Clavering, Essex. Jamie at Home airs on the Food Network in the United States. Due to licensing restrictions, only two recipes from each Jamie at Home episode appear online; also, access to recipes is limited to users within the United States.|
|2008||Jamie's Fowl Dinners||A special with Jamie backing Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's "Hugh's Chicken Run" in trying to get the British to eat free range chickens.|
|Jamie's Ministry of Food||A four-part series that aired from 30 September to 21 October 2008; based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. Oliver aimed to make the town "the culinary capital of the United Kingdom" and tried to get the town's inhabitants to learn how to cook fresh food and establish healthy eating as part of daily life. The 'Pass It On' campaign also featured in this series with the local townspeople being taught one of a selection of recipes and passing it on to family members and friends. The 'Pass It On' campaign gained a following on the social networking website Facebook which has a group and fan page with users signing up to chart their progress. As a result of the series, the first Ministry of Food Centre was set up in Rotherham offering cooking classes to local people. Further Ministry of Food Centres have opened across the UK and in Australia.|
|What's Cooking? with Jamie Oliver||Video game|
|2009||Jamie Saves Our Bacon||Part of Channel 4's British Food Fight Season, a thematic sequel to Jamie's Fowl Dinners. In the special, Oliver looks at the state of pig farming in the UK and EU. It was broadcast on 29 January 2009.|
|Jamie's American Road Trip||A Channel 4 series following Oliver in the US, where he meets and learns from cooks at street stalls, off-road diners and down-to-earth local restaurants. Along the way, he picks up new recipes and learns how other cultures adapt when they come to the USA.|
|Jamie's Family Christmas||A short series (5 episodes) on Channel 4 with Oliver cooking traditional and new Christmas dishes. Unusually, the series includes members of Oliver's family: a family member (wife, children, sister etc.) appears in a supporting role with the preparation of particular recipe interspersed with more traditional Jamie alone delivery to an off-camera person. First broadcast 15 December 2009.|
|2010–2011||Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution||A series that aired during 2010 and 2011 on ABC in the United States. In the first season, Oliver visited Huntington, West Virginia, statistically one of the unhealthiest cities in the US, to try to improve its residents' eating habits. In 2010, the show won an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Programme. In the second season Oliver visited Los Angeles, where his crusade to change school meals was met with resistance. Oliver was ultimately barred from filming at any Los Angeles public school. The show's cancellation was announced by ABC in May 2011, two weeks before the final episode of the season had aired. In one episode it showed what mechanically separated chicken looks like. The program also aired in the United Kingdom on Channel 4 under the title Jamie's American Food Revolution, Australia on Channel 10 under the original title, and in Malaysia on TLC channel (Astro Channel 707) under the original title.|
|Jamie Does...||A Channel 4 series of 6 episodes following the success of Jamie's American Road Trip. Oliver travels across Europe and North Africa, cooking local dishes. Known as Jamie Oliver's Food Escapes in the US. Countries visited include Morocco, Spain, Greece, France, Italy and Sweden.|
|2010||Jamie's 30-Minute Meals||A Channel 4 series of 40 episodes aired during October–November. The programme focused on home-cooked meals that could be put together within the titular timeframe, using simple, 'not cheffy' techniques, with an emphasis on educating viewers about the cooking processes themselves.|
|Jamie's Best Ever Christmas||Two-part Christmas special. Also broadcast as "Jamie's Kids Best Ever Christmas" in some regions.|
|2011||Jamie's Dream School||A Channel 4 series that looks at young people's educational problems and attempts to uncover whether they are down to personal circumstance, society or the education system itself. It also examines how the new teachers get on as they try to translate their real-life expertise into the realities of the classroom. Professor Robert Winston, historian David Starkey, barrister Cherie Blair, journalist and political aide Alastair Campbell, actor Simon Callow, now-disgraced artist Rolf Harris, musician Jazzie B and Olympic gold medallist Daley Thompson all offer their opinions during the series. As a result of the series, many of the pupils return to education and one, Danielle Harold, pursues an acting career and wins a role in BBC's long-running soap opera, Eastenders.|
|Jamie's Fish Supper||A one-hour special show in which Oliver cooked 10 fish recipes as a part of Big Fish Fight campaign.|
|Jamie Cooks Summer||A one-hour special in which Oliver cooked summer dishes in various outdoor locations.|
|Jamie's Great Britain||A six-part series in which Oliver travels the length and breadth of the country in search of new ideas and inspiration for recipes and to find out what makes British food great.|
|Jamie's Christmas with Bells On||Two-part Christmas special. Filmed at Jamie Oliver's Essex home and featuring family and friends, the program provides a collection of Christmas classics and new ideas.|
|2012||Jamie's 15-Minute Meals||Following on from the success of "Jamie's 30 Minute Meals", with people becoming ever more time-poor, the 15-Minute Meals series showed, in real time, how delicious fresh meals could be put together in a quarter of an hour. Based on the recipes in the Jamie's15 Minute Meals book.|
|MasterChef Australia (series 4)||Guest Chef|
|Jamie & Jimmy's Food Fight Club||4-part series with childhood friend Jimmy Doherty. The series is based around a "studio" in a café at the end of Southend Pier, Essex which Jamie and Jimmy would visit as children. The series also involves "food fights" with other European countries – for example, a competition to see whether British artisanal beers and ales are better than their Belgian counterparts.|
|2013||Dream School USA||US version of Jamie's Dream School with actor David Arquette in the mentoring role.|
|Jamie's Money Saving Meals||Six-part series based on the recipes in the Save with Jamie book which aims to help people to save money while still cooking delicious food using fresh ingredients and some store cupboard staples. A second series aired from June 2014 in the UK. Also known as Save with Jamie in some regions, with slightly different formatting and titles, as well as less focus on the Pricing (as this was tailored to UK pricing).|
|2014 -||Jamie & Jimmy's Friday Night Feast||Oliver and Doherty join forces again at their end-of-the-pier café to make top feasts for the weekend. This series focused on championing "lost" British classic foods such as the Bedfordshire clanger and Maid of Honour Tarts and each episode features a different Celebrity in the Café helping them cook.|
|2014||Jamie's Comfort Food||An eight-part series based on the recipes in the Jamie's Comfort Food book which aims to teach people how to make rich, fun and delicious comfort food for larger groups. In some regions the series was re-edited into six episodes.|
|Jamie's Cracking Christmas||Christmas special in which Jamie Oliver aims to raise Christmas cooking to a new level with recipes including roast goose, cheeky cocktails and a panettone treat.|
|2015||Jamie's Super Food||An eight-part series (re-edited into six episodes in some regions) which focuses on the recipes in the Jamie's Super Food book which aims to teach people how to make rich, fun and delicious food that tastes good and is full of nutrients and is good for us. During the series Jamie Oliver travels to some of the healthiest places in the world to uncover the secrets of how people there live longer and healthier lives. The series also featured a one-off documentary called "Jamie's" Sugar Rush which looks at the sugar in products and why we should be worried about it, that was screened in the UK prior to the start of the Series.|
|Jamie's Night Before Christmas||Christmas special in which Jamie presents his classic and new festive favourite recipes.|
|2016||Jamie's Super Food Family Classics||An eight-part series which follows on from the original Jamie's Super Food series and focuses on the recipes in the Jamie's Super Food Family Classics book. It aims at teaching people how to make rich, fun and delicious Family "Classic" meals that taste good and is full of nutrients, good for them and that the whole family will enjoy. In some regions the series was re-edited into six episodes.|
|Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook||Jamie Oliver has been cooking Christmas for his family for 20 years. In this one-off Christmas special he wants to show us his ultimate recipes – the ones he’s decided that really are the very very best for Christmas. Based on the book of the same title.|
|2017-2020||Jamie's Quick & Easy Food||Eight-part series based on the recipes in the 5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food book which aims to show people how to cook great food from just 5 Ingredients that is Quick and Easy. While only 8 episodes have aired in the UK (as of February 2018), 18 Episodes were filmed and have aired internationally. A further 8 episodes were aired in the UK in the late Summer of 2018, meaning only 2 episodes have not aired in the UK. Series 4 (four episodes) aired in the UK in the Summer of 2020.|
|2017||Jamie's Italian Christmas||One off Christmas Special, where Jamie makes an Italian inspired Christmas Feast.|
|2018||Jamie Cooks Italy||Jamie and Gennaro go on a tour of Italy where they cook up some dishes and meet some of the local people.|
|Jamie's Quick & Easy Christmas||Christmas special in which Jamie Oliver applies his quick and easy principles to cooking at Christmas.|
|2019||Jamie's Meat-Free Meals / Jamie's Ultimate Veg||Jamie wants people to eat less meat and try more vegetables, finding inspiration from countries around the world to cook a stunning collection of stunning hearty and healthy veg dishes that are easy and delicious.|
|Jamie's Easy Christmas Countdown||Christmas special that was first shown on 15 December 2019 on Channel 4.|
|2020||Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On||Premiered on 23 March 2020, Jamie prepares food with limited ingredients and substitutions, for the locked down and homebound, for the crowd isolated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Episodes are filmed on Jamie's and his family's phones, with his family serving as crew. The show has been criticised for using techniques and ingredients not found in a typical home, instead only found in a home where people cook traditionally or ambitiously.|
|Jamie: Keep Cooking Family Favourites||A television series based on the recipes from Oliver's 7 Ways book, which aims to show people how to cook simple, affordable and delicious meals using common household ingredients. Series one premiered 17 August 2020 on Channel 4. Series two premiered on 22 February 2021 on Channel 4.|
|Jamie: Keep Cooking at Christmas||Two-part Christmas special, first shown during December 2020 on Channel 4|
|Jamie and Jimmy's Festive Feast||Jamie & Jimmy's Friday Night Feast Christmas special with special guests Joe Wicks & Sam Smith, premiered on 29 December 2020 on Channel 4.|
|2021||Jamie Oliver: Together||Upcoming four-part series (Autumn 2021)|
|2021||Selena + Chef|
Other television appearances
Oliver has twice guest-hosted Channel 4's The Friday Night Project and has made two appearances in the "Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car" segment of BBC Two's Top Gear. In his first appearance he attempted to make a green salad in the back of his Volkswagen Microbus, which was fitted with a Porsche engine, while the Stig drove it around the Top Gear test track.
Oliver is the second British celebrity chef (after Robert Irvine) to appear as a challenger on Iron Chef America, taking on Iron Chef Mario Batali in 2008 in a losing battle with cobia as the theme ingredient.
The Happy Days Live tour was Oliver's first live show in 2001 and included several dates in the UK and Australasia. Performing to sold-out venues, he cooked on stage and interacted with the audiences with competitions, music and special effects only usually seen in pop concerts. He took the audiences by surprise by singing and drumming to a song called Lamb Curry written by his longtime friend Leigh Haggerwood.
Oliver took to the road once more in 2006 on an Australian tour where he performed in Sydney and Melbourne. Following the entertaining format of his first live show, the 2006 Australian tour featuring special guests including mentor Gennaro Contaldo, and students from Fifteen London. He performed a new song written by Leigh Haggerwood called Fish Stew which Oliver cooked to and also drummed along to at the end of the show. The shows were featured in a one-off TV documentary called Jamie Oliver: Australian Diary.
- The Naked Chef (Michael Joseph, 1999) ISBN 9780718143602
- The Return of the Naked Chef (Michael Joseph, 2000) ISBN 9780718144395
- Happy Days with the Naked Chef (Michael Joseph, 2001) ISBN 9780718144845
- Jamie's Kitchen (Michael Joseph, 2002) ISBN 9780718145644
- Funky Food for Comic Relief (Penguin, 2003) ISBN 9780141014074
- Jamie's Dinners (Michael Joseph, 2004) ISBN 9780718146863
- Jamie's Italy (Michael Joseph, 2005) ISBN 9780718147709
- Something for the Weekend (Penguin, 2005) ISBN 9780141022581
- Cook with Jamie: My Guide to Making You a Better Cook (Michael Joseph, 2006) ISBN 9780718147716
- Jamie's Little Book of Big Treats (Penguin, 2007) ISBN 9780141031460
- Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life (Michael Joseph, 2007) ISBN 9780718152437
- Jamie's Ministry of Food: Anyone Can Learn to Cook in 24 Hours (Michael Joseph, 2008) ISBN 9780718148621
- Jamie's Red Nose Recipes (Penguin, 2009) ISBN 9780141041780
- Jamie's America (Michael Joseph, 2009) ISBN 9780718154769
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- Jamie's 30-Minute Meals (Michael Joseph, 2010) ISBN 9780718157678
- Jamie's Great Britain (Michael Joseph, 2011) ISBN 9780718156817
- Jamie's Monster Bake Sale (Penguin, 2011) ISBN 9780241954256
- Jamie's 15-Minute Meals (Michael Joseph, 2012) ISBN 9780718157807
- Save with Jamie (Michael Joseph, 2013) ISBN 9780718158149
- Jamie's Comfort Food (Michael Joseph, 2014) ISBN 9780718159535
- Everyday Super Food (Michael Joseph, 2015) ISBN 9780718181239
- Super Food Family Classics (Michael Joseph, 2016) ISBN 9780718178444
- Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook (Michael Joseph, 2016) ISBN 9780718183653
- 5 Ingredients – Quick & Easy Food (Michael Joseph, 2017) ISBN 9780718187729
- Jamie Cooks Italy (Michael Joseph, 2018) ISBN 9780718187736
- Jamie's Friday Night Feast Cookbook (Michael Joseph, 2018) ISBN 9780241371442
- Veg: Easy & Delicious Meals for Everyone (Michael Joseph, 2019) ISBN 9780718187767
- 7 Ways (Michael Joseph, 2020) ISBN 9780241431153
- Together (Michael Joseph, 2021) ISBN 978-0241431177
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