Jamie Oliver
Name: Jamie Oliver
Hobbies/Interests: cars, current affairs, food & drink, motorbikes, music, drums, languages
Endorsements: Nintendo - What's Cooking?; Sainsbury's
Charities: CAFOD; Centrepoint; Comic Relief / Sport Relief; Fifteen Foundation; Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity; Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; Save The Children; The Prince's Trust; The Salvation Army; Trees for Cities

Biography
After studying at Westminster Catering College, Jamie Oliver began cooking at his parents' pub, The Cricketers in Clavering, Essex.

After becoming sous chef at The River Cafe under Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers, Jamie Oliver was consultant chef at Monte's in Knightsbridge until 2002 when he established the restaurant Fifteen.

Jamie Oliver's fame spread through his television shows. His cheeky chappie style, employing the words 'pukka' and 'wicked' with regularity, proved popular and the The Naked Chef enjoyed three series and was followed by Jamie's Kitchen and Return to Jamie's Kitchen.

His television work led to a rewarding advertising contract with Sainsbury's and books sales in the millions.


In February 2005, a four-part series, Jamie's School Dinners, started where Jamie Oliver was faced with 500 mouths to feed on a budget of 37p per meal. In the series, Jamie Oliver slammed the poor quality of many school dinners, and his campaign was a catalyst for the government to spend an extra 280m over three years on improving school meals.

Jamie Oliver picked up two awards at the National Television Awards 2005 - Jamie's School Dinners won the most popular factual programme and Jamie also won a 'special recognition' award.

Since then Jamie Oliver has hosted another television series, C4's Jamie's Great Escape.