Jamie Oliver was born on May 27, 1975, in Clavering, England.
“I grew up a real country boy in Clavering, in the county of Essex, about 18 miles from Cambridge,” he said.
“I have no idea why all these people I met later with my food show The Naked Chef on TV thought I was some privileged rich kid who went to a private school. Actually I was a chubby, thick kid who was so bad at school I needed extra lessons for the simplest things.”
He learned the importance of good ethics from his parents as they were working class and Jamie soon started helping out in pubs at the age of five. He was good at handling knives at an early age and often helped with chopping the vegetables and washing the glasses.
Jamie Oliver told Flow, “To be honest, I cooked up some really good grub, even as a kid. But my parents taught me something else really important: a great work ethic and how to treat others with respect and friendliness, and how to stay polite even when you’re stressed and your feet are killing you.”
“I sometimes wish my own kids could help their grandparents out now and again, and learn all that, he added. Back then I soon understood: if you want to get anywhere, you have to roll up your sleeves and get on with it.”
At home, Jamie was a great asset in the kitchen and often helped her mother in the kitchen where he was also able to learn a lot.
Sally recalled, “From an early age, he learned the rules of a commercial kitchen.”
“We had chefs working in the kitchen who gave easy jobs to him, and I think it made him feel really grown up – he thought he was ‘one of the boys. He grew up aware that it was normal to see men cooking, perhaps unlike other children of his age.
The chefs always used to joke and have a laugh with him and I know he really enjoyed it. He also knew that once service began everyone would buckle down and get on with the job.”
At the age of 16, he went on to attend a catering college and made an unscripted appearance in a BBC documentary in 1997 while working at River Café in London and that’s how he became a television star and went on to host The Naked Chef.
Jamie Oliver is a star chef who has changed lives of many in different ways. He is one of the most successful and talented chefs in the world. He has many restaurants and also released many cook books over the years.
He started a campaign on how to eat healthily especially school children.
Today, Jamie is married to his beloved wife Jools, and they have five wonderful children.
He recently revealed that being popular has its own demands and somehow his family has helped him through it.
He revealed his wife and three daughters have helped keep his ego in check and made sure his feet is always on the ground.
“I think we all have to control our egos. I mean, my best way of controlling my ego was just to work with lots of women, to be honest. And I think they keep me in line. Like, for the last 20 years, we’ve been about 80% ladies in the business, and somehow it’s just worked very well for me.”
He continued: “And they don’t sit there telling me how great I am all day, let’s just put it that way. They keep me in check, as well as my wife. And now my daughters.”