British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver earned his nickname "The Naked Chef" from his philosophy that the best approach to cooking is to strip it down to the bare essentials, using simple ingredients and techniques. His back-to-basics approach -- combined with his winning kitchen charisma on television -- have made Oliver one hot culinary commodity.
Read the biography
Exclusive: See our video interview with Oliver (3:11)
Jamie Oliver at Barnes & Noble.
Date of Birth:
May 27, 1975
Place of Birth:
Westminster Catering College
|The Best Book to Read First|
|The Naked Chef|
Oliver’s most straightforward book, this guide to what he considers the cooking basics is broken down into categories including soups, salads, fish, meat, etc. and contains supplemental chapters on herbs and sauces, “bits, bobs, this, that and the other.” This book introduced Oliver's core philosophy that the best approach to cooking is to "strip it bare, then make it work."
View a sample recipe
|While Oliver's whiz-bang style and popstar looks made him an instant hit with television audiences, he's made some high-profile impressions as well. After his show The Naked Chef premiered on English tellys, British premiere Tony Blair asked Oliver to cater a meeting with the Prime Minister's Italian counterpart. The meal was such a hit that Blair offered Jamie the position of “food tsar” for Britain’s hospitals -- a role Oliver politely declined.