What is Jamie Oliver’s net worth, when did he and wife Jools get married and what is the celebrity chef’s childhood obesity campaign?December 7, 2018
JAMIE Oliver has been on a mission to tackle childhood obesity with his quick, easy and healthy recipes.
Here is everything you need to know about the TV chef and his family…
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Who is Jamie Oliver?
Jamie Oliver, 43, is a celebrity chef and restaurateur from Clavering, Essex.
He left school at 16 to go and study at Westminster Catering College and later worked at the River Cafe in London.
In 1997 he featured in a documentary about the restaurant and as a result was given his own show The Naked Chef which ran for three series.
Jamie’s profile grew and he launched his own recipe magazine, cooked at 10 Downing Street and became the face of Sainsbury’s.
His innovative show Jamie’s Kitchen was launched in 2002 and followed 15 disadvantaged youngsters as Jamie attempted to train them as chefs for his restaurant Fifteen.
In 2003 Jamie was awarded an MBE for his services to the hospitality industry.
What’s Jamie Oliver’s childhood obesity campaign?
Jamie has been a long-term campaigner against childhood obesity.
In 2005 he introduced healthy low budget meals to schools on the Channel 4 documentary Jamie’s School Dinners.
The result was that he got turkey twizzlers banned and launched the nationwide Feed Me Better campaign.
In 2018 he attended a hearing in the House of Commons with fellow chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
He urged MPs to introduce a tax on sugary milkshakes as well as putting a stop to cartoon characters promoting junk food.
He said: “I think Tony the Tiger feels pretty sorry for peddling unhealthy breakfasts for a long time. But I don’t want to make him redundant. I want to promote him.
“If he wants to promote porridge, I’m all in.”
Why was Jamie accused of ‘cultural appropriation’?
Labour MP Dawn Butler, suggested the celebrity chef was using the word jerk to drum up sales for his rice.
Jamie responded to the backlash, telling Hello! magazine: “I’ve never written an authentic recipe in my life”, adding “authenticity” is a word that should be used “very carefully as most of the things we love… are not what we think they are”.
He also told Sky News: “I’ve worked with flavours and spices from all over the world my whole career, learning and drawing inspiration from different countries and cultures to give a fresh twist to the food we eat every day.
“When I named the rice my intention was only to show where my inspiration came from.”
What TV shows has Jamie Oliver been on?
Jamie has appeared in a staggering number of shows both on his own and with friends as co-stars;
- The Naked Chef
- Pukka Tukka
- Oliver’s Twist
- Jamie’s Kitchen
- Jamie’s School Dinners
- Jamie’s Great Italian Escape
- Jamie’s Kitchen Australia
- Jamie’s Chef
- Jamie At Home
- Jamie’s Fowl Dinners
- Jamie’s Ministry of Food
- Jamie Saves Our Bacon
- Jamie’s American Road Trip
- Jamie’s Family Christmas
- Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
- Jamie Does…
- Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals
- Jamie’s Dream School
- Jamie’s Fish Supper
- Jamie Cooks Summer
- Jamie’s Great Britain
- Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals
- Jamie & Jimmy’s Food Fight Club
- Dream School USA
- Jamie’s Money Saving Meals
- Jamie & Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast
- Jamie’s Comfort Food
- Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food
How many children does Jamie have and when did he marry Jools?
Jamie married his long-term love and ex-model Juliette “Jools” Norton in July 2000.
The couple have five children together and are known for the imaginative names they give their babies.
They are Poppy Honey Rosie, 16, Daisy Boo Pamela, 15, Petal Blossom Rainbow, nine, Buddy Bear Maurice, eight and two-year-old River Rocket.
When the latest addition to their brood – River Rocket – was born in August 2016 the celebrity chef couldn’t resist a food-themed shout-out:
“8lbs ( that’s 16 packs of butter for you bakers out there) anyway we’re all hitting the hay it’s been a long day big love… bless a little baby boy Woop Woop !!!!”
The pair is planning to renew their vows as they approach their 20th year anniversary.
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What is Jamie Oliver’s net worth?
Jamie Oliver’s net worth is reportedly over £240 million.
As well as his TV income, he has published several books and owns the chain Jamie’s Italian restaurants.
Recently, the restaurant chain had to close 12 of its 35 locations as Jamie’s Italian continues to struggle for cash.
Speaking to Mail On Sunday, Jamie explained that he has no more money to put into the business to keep it afloat after investing nearly £13 million of his own money.
He said: “I haven’t got any more [money]. There’s a point where I can’t put the other side of the business at risk as well and the people who work there.”
Jamie lives with his family in a £10 million property in Hampstead and a country house in his native Essex.
He had previously featured on the Sunday Times’ Rich list but in 2018 he fell off the wealth list of Brits.