Jamie Oliver, sometimes known as The Naked Chef, is a British chef, restaurateur, known for his food-focused television shows and cookbooks. Oliver's programs are shown in over 40 countries, including the USA's Food Network. More recently, Jamie has been doing series based on campaigns to improve food in schools and cooking skills of the average person.
Oliver left school at 16 without any qualifications to attend Westminster Catering College. His first job was as a pastry chef at a restaurant, where he first gained experience of Italian cuisine. Oliver then moved to The River Café, as a chef, where he was noticed by the BBC in 1999 when his show The Naked Chef debuted and his cookbook became a number one best-seller in the UK. That same year, Oliver was invited to prepare lunch for Prime Minister Tony Blair at No.10 Downing Street.
Oliver created the Fifteen Foundation in 2002. Each year, 15 young adults who have a disadvantaged background, criminal record or history of drug abuse, are trained in the restaurant business. In 2005, he initiated a campaign called "Feed Me Better" in order to move British schoolchildren towards eating healthy foods and cutting junk food. As a result, the British government also pledged to address the issue.