The Naked Chef

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The Naked Chef
Created byOptomen Television
Presented byJamie Oliver
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series3
No. of episodes25
Running time30 minutes
Original networkBBC Two
Picture format16:9 (also 4:3)
Original release14 April 1999 (1999-04-14) –
19 December 2001 (2001-12-19)

The Naked Chef was 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), Jamie was filmed cooking at his home (paid for by the BBC). In series 3, the kitchen locations shifted to other venues.


† Aired as a special

Series 1 (1999)[edit]

  1. Chefs' Night Off: Jamie cooks for his boss and colleagues
  2. Hen Night: Jamie's cooks for his sister's hen night
  3. Babysitting: Jamie babysits and cooks for his nieces
  4. The Band: Jamie gets the band back together and cooks for them
  5. Birthday Party: Jamie cooks for his own birthday party
  6. Girlfriend: Jamie cooks a romantic meal for Jools
  7. Christmas Come Early†: Jamie finally gets two Christmases

Series 2 (2000)[edit]

  1. Reunion: Jamie's German friend Tim returns to London
  2. Girls, Girls, Girls: Jamie is invited for a night out with Jools and her friends, and cooks for them in return
  3. A Perfect Day: Jamie goes gokarting
  4. Going to the Dogs: Jamie cooks and takes his friends to the dog races
  5. Picnic on the Pier: Jamie cooks a picnic and takes his nieces to the Southend Pier
  6. A Bun in the Oven: Jamie cooks comfort food for his pregnant sister
  7. Birthday Barbeque: Jamie does a birthday barbeque for his friend Ben
  8. Wedding Bells: The in-laws and Jamie's parents come over
  9. Christmas in New York†: Jamie 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

Series 3 (2001)[edit]

  1. Moving House: Jamie and Jools move to a new flat and gets out the campstove
  2. Rock 'n' Roast: Jamie cooks for his favourite Band Jamiroquai at the lead singer Jay Kay's country home
  3. Godfather: Jamie becomes a godfather and cooks on a house boat
  4. Highland Fling: Jamie goes north to Scotland to cook for lamb and seafood for divers
  5. Curryfest: Jamie cooks curry and side dishes for his mates after a night of pool
  6. Back to School: Jamie teaches students to cook for an awards dinner and gives a speech at his former school
  7. Italian Job: Jamie and his old boss Gennaro go fly fishing, and he cooks for Gennaro and others
  8. At the Beach: Jamie takes his Australian chefs to Cornwall on the condition they teach him to surf
  9. Christmas Party†: Jamie throws a Christmas Party


  1. ^ "6 Celebrity Chefs".
  2. ^ "Oliver's pukka life as chef". 2003-06-13.