The Naked Chef

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The Naked Chef
Created byPatricia Llewellyn
Developed byPatricia Llewellyn
Written byPatricia Llewellyn
StarringJamie Oliver
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series3
No. of episodes25
Executive producerPatricia Llewellyn
ProducersNina Davies, Nicola Moody
EditorsMichael Peatfield, Ian McGlasham
Camera setupLuke Cardiff, John Sorapure, Richard Hill, Patrick Acum, Mike Sarah
Running time30 minutes
Production companyOptomen Television
Original networkBBC Two
Original release14 April 1999 (1999-04-14) –
19 December 2001 (2001-12-19)

The Naked Chef is a BBC Two television cooking programme starring Jamie Oliver. It originally ran for three series plus three Christmas specials, and was produced by Optomen Television for the BBC. The show was Oliver's television debut,[1] and was noted for its use of jumpy, close-up camera work, and the presenter's relaxed style.[2]

The programme was credited with inspiring men to cook due to Oliver's "blokey" approach.[citation needed]

Each episode took its theme from a social situation or event in Oliver's life, such as a hen night or babysitting. In series 1 and 2, except the Christmas specials, Oliver was filmed cooking at a home paid for by the BBC.[citation needed] In series 3, the kitchen locations shifted to other venues.


† Aired as a special

Series 1 (1999)[edit]

Ep. Air Date Summary
1 Chefs' Night Off 14 April 1999 Oliver cooks for his boss and colleagues, dishes include roast lamb, baked fruit and along with his friend Ben O'Donoghue, they make an Asian seafood starter.
2 Hen Night 21 April 1999 Oliver prepares a meal for his sister's hen night, including baked salmon and a lemon and lime cream tart.
3 Babysitting 28 April 1999 Oliver prepares a fun meal for his three young cousins, including spaghetti with chilli, and praline Semifreddo.
4 The Band 5 May 1999 Oliver heads to London's Chinatown for the ingredients he needs to make a Thai green curry for his band, Scarlet Division.
5 Birthday Party 9 June 1999 It's Oliver's birthday, and he cooks up a party feast for his girlfriend, friends including his mentor Gennaro Contaldo and family.
6 Girlfriend 16 June 1999 With obligations to both the restaurant and the band, Oliver has devoted very little time to his girlfriend, so he attempts to make amends by preparing a romantic lunch for her.
7 Christmas Comes Early† Oliver finally gets two Christmases, making preserved edible presents and cooking back at his family home in Essex.

Series 2 (2000)[edit]

Ep. Air Date Summary
1 Reunion 12 April 2000 Oliver reunites with his German friend Tim (Tim Mälzer) and they cook together.
2 Girls, Girls, Girls 19 April 2000 Oliver's girlfriend persuades him to join her on a girls' night out clubbing and he prepares some treats for their post-club pyjama party.
3 A Perfect Day 26 April 2000 Oliver goes go karting for the first time and prepares a post-go karting Southeast Asian-inspired meal for his mates and Jools.
4 Going to the Dogs 3 May 2000 Oliver's friends have never gone to dog races so he invites them over for a meal and they head out with custard tarts in doggie bags.
5 Picnic on the Pier 10 May 2000 Oliver prepares a special picnic hamper for a trip with his nieces to Southend-on-Sea.
6 A Bun in the Oven 17 May 2000 Oliver cooks a celebratory yet hearty meal for his pregnant sister and his brother-in-law Paul.
7 Birthday Barbeque 24 May 2000 Oliver does an indoor birthday barbeque for his friend Ben O'Donoghue who is returning to Australia.
8 Wedding Bells 31 May 2000 Oliver and his fiancée Jools entertain their respective future in-laws.
9 Christmas in New York † 20 December 2000 Oliver crosses the pond to stage in New York Restaurant Danube under chef David Bouley as well as making food and hosting a Christmas party. It is the only hour-long episode in the whole series.

Series 3 (2001)[edit]

Ep. Air Date Summary
1 Moving House 16 October 2001 Since the oven has yet to be installed in their new flat, Oliver uses his portable camping stove to whip up a steak sarnie for the removal van men. After a picnic lunch, he prepares prepare chili con carne, salad and cocktails for a house-warming party.
2 Rock and Roast 23 October 2001 Oliver heads to vocalist Jay Kay's mansion to cook for Oliver's favourite band, Jamiroquai. While they're busy rehearsing, he prepares roast beef with all the trimmings, plus a pine-nut and honey tart.
3 Godfather 30 October 2001 Oliver is made a Godfather to the daughter of his friend David Loftus. He cooks a Christening lunch, preparing oysters, roasted brill with lemons, roasted asparagus with pancetta and summer fruit and prosecco jelly.
4 Highland Fling 6 November 2001 On a trip to the Scottish Isles, Oliver meets up with a friend who dives and cooks scallops with asparagus and baby leeks, prawns with oregano and chilli, marinated lamb, and rich chocolate mousse for his friend and other divers.
5 Curryfest 13 November 2001 Oliver meets up with Chef Das Sreedharan, makes two kinds of Indian pickles, heads to his friend's house to prepare curry dishes for his mates after a night of pool.
6 Back to School 20 November 2001 Oliver teaches students at his alma mater Newport Free Grammar School how to cook for an awards dinner and gives a speech. Dishes include a mozzarella salad, chicken and mushrooms in a bag, chocolate Cambridge cream, and easy-to-make ginger beer.
7 The Italian Job 27 November 2001 Oliver pays a visit to his mentor, Gennaro Contaldo to see if Gennaro approves of his new recipe for parsnip and pancetta tagliatelle and afterwards heads to a country home to make a figs salad, roast duck and queens pudding for Gennaro and his friends.
8 At the Beach 4 December 2001 Oliver rides the surf in North Cornwall with his Australian chef friends and prepares brunch breads, yoghurt with blueberry and elderflower, salmon with herbs in newspaper, potatoes garlic and rosemary on the barbeque, and beef with soy sauce and ginger.
9 Christmas Party† 19 December 2001 Oliver ropes some friends into taking a "booze cruise" to Calais, while, back home, a cavernous warehouse is turned into a welcoming party place for Christmas. He also prepares finger food that includes Japanese pork rolls and Sicilian Cannoli.


  1. ^ "6 Celebrity Chefs".
  2. ^ "Oliver's pukka life as chef". 13 June 2003.

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