Oops Celebrity Pictures-Jamie Oliver

Oops Celebrity Pictures loves to cook and that's how I found James Trevor Oliver, who is known as Jamie and is also known as The Naked Chef by a few - not to be confused with the Welsh musician, James Oliver.

Jamie Oliver is most interested in spreading his message of healthy eating across both the United Kingdom and the United States. His TV shows are focused on easy and delicious, healthy eating recipes and food habits.

He talks about changing eating habits all over the world, but is focused right now on efforts to improve food preparation and use in schools across the nation and globally.

Oops Celebrity Pictures-Jamie Oliver Climbs the Ladder!

Jamie attended culinary school after leaving high school at the age of 16-years-old. His parents owned a local pub in England where he grew up. Born May 27, 1975, in Clavering, Essex, England, he rose to the rank of chef after a modest beginning as a pastry chef. It was as a pastry chef where he gained his initial exposure to Italian cuisine. In 1999, he gained popularity with a best-selling cookbook and BBC Show, "The Naked Chef."

Gaining endorsements and promotional ads along the way, he climbed up the ladder of success. PETA had a field day with him when he slaughtered a lamb live on TV. His accent has become infamous, because of a few of his favorite words. His shows are seen in over 40 countries - including the U.S.

His efforts to teach children how to eat better in schools is what impresses me so much. Really, when we live in a fast food society and our children are getting less exercise, his efforts are and have been rewarded. His "Feed Me Better," campaign won political attention and rated him a Most Inspiring Political Figure of 2005.

He has even gone so far as to create a home to help 15 disadvantaged young adults at a time. These young adults are taught the restaurant trade and at the end of their courses, may work in one of the restaurants owned by Jamie.

Ooops Celebrity Pictures-Jamie Oliver Is About Family

Jamie travels around the world regularly, with his face and name on news, cooking shows, books, videos and his own blog. He stays extra busy with a young family of three girls and a fourth child on the way in September!

Family time is special for everyone in the Oliver family, because, according to Jamie, " I really look forward to Friday nights when we can pack up and spend the weekends together. That's what it's all about! . . . the only thing I wish I had more time for is my family."

He says of his start that, " . . . they were filming a documentary on the restaurant I worked at and gave me some air time . . . I got calls from five production companies all wanting to talk about a possible show. I couldn't believe it and thought it was my mates winding me up! The result was The Naked Chef and that's where it all kicked off I guess. . . "

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If you're like me, you'll be glad to know that there is a new program offered by Jamie that covers a recipe from buying the ingredients to serving the dish. Even for the more experienced chefs out there - like my talented husband, who owned and operated a restaurant for 2 years in a foreign country - they find these tips valuable!

The program is called Recipease - a simply designed cooking class that anyone can do well in. Recipease is an online community that promotes healthy eating and ingredients and shopping tips, for beginner to advanced cooks. Communities are forming all over!

Developing his own line of products for cooking - both modern and efficient - takes Jamie across the board with cooking DVD's, recipes, an application for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch that show you in step-by-step photos to help you shop for, prepare and cook his recipes, books, cookware (which he developed with Tefal), a fun and interactive cooking game featuring easy to prepare and healthy meals, his own 'little gizmo,' called the flavour shaker, a selection of top-quality Italian ingredients that includes Virgin Olive Oil and other delicious flavours, and even a new range of home fragrance and bath & body products.

Jamie believes creative flavour combinations aren't, 'just for the kitchen.'

So you see, Oops Celebrity Pictures found one chef who really does it all!

Oops Celebrity Pictures-Jamie Oliver Cooks Breakfast With Me!

And, I just couldn't resist trying this omelet out - My favorite meal is breakfast! You can find more of his recipes on his website. I normally play with spices and ingredients in food if I think it might taste good, but this is straight out of the book (from the website) - too good to do anything to except just eat it!

Potato and chorizo omelette with a kinda parsley salad:

  • 4 small waxy potatoes, scrubbed and cut into chunks
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 large free-range or organic eggs
  • 2 x 60g good-quality Spanish chorizo sausages, cut into 1cm thick slices
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, leaves picked
  • 2 shallots, peeled and very finely sliced
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • a bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked

Preheat your oven to full whack, or get your grill nice and hot. Put the potatoes into a saucepan of boiling salted water and simmer them until cooked, then drain in a colander and leave them to steam dry. Beat the eggs with a fork in a large mixing bowl, season well with salt and pepper, and put to one side.

Heat a 20cm non-stick, ovenproof frying pan. Add the chorizo slices and the potato chunks. The chorizo will start to sizzle, releasing all its tasty oils and spices. After a couple of minutes, when everything’s lightly golden and crisp, remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and put to one side. Sprinkle the rosemary leaves into the hot fat. As soon as they hit the pan, they’ll start to crisp up. Pour the beaten eggs on top immediately, adding the potatoes and chorizo and spreading everything out evenly. Place the whole pan in the preheated oven or under the grill until the omelette is golden brown on top and just cooked through in the middle.

While the omelette is cooking, put the shallots into a bowl with the lemon juice, some salt and pepper and a 'glug' of extra virgin olive oil. Toss and pinch the shallots with your fingertips to soften them slightly, then mix in the parsley leaves. Serve a little on top of the omelette and tuck in!

Ciao Italia! bon appétit!

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msorensson 6 years ago

I am afraid I have not turned on my now 39 year old RCA 26 inch tele..for almost a year now. We do not have cable so I get only five public channels. I've not heard of Jamie Oliver at all until tonight, so thank you for the informative hub!!


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mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC Author

Msorenson - Thank you! I found him by looking for a recipe. I wanted a party snack and he had a whole bunch of them! He's a big deal in Italian cuisine! I don't watch TV either, just movies and only use the internet for . . . the internet! That's where I found Jamie


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msorensson 6 years ago

Oh my.. you are a serious cook!! Wow..I would love to taste some of your cooking sometime..

Wish you and Johnny a delightful evening.


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kowality 6 years ago from Everywhere

Well well..Finally someone has decided to highlight Jamie Oliver. I love the way he approaches cooking. A true no nonsense, extremely talented chef that takes "thinking outside the box" cooking to the next level.


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mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC Author

Thank you Msorensson, but I am only learning to cook myself. It's my hubby who is truly a chef, He showed me that it's OK to make a mistake with spices and that if it's a real boo-boo then you just wash them off and start over and if you can't then a good wine choice will help the flavor a bit! Make sure you hand everyone a glass BEFORE and DURING dinner ;-)

Thanks, Kowality - I see that you are truly an asset in the kitchen!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Thank you, mwatkins for a most valuable hub! I hadn't followed Jamie Oliver, but I must do so. I am a dedicated health freak & love cooking at home, eating a high % of my diet from fresh produce bins, avoidind processed foods with long lists of "ingredients" and those with "empty calories" as much as possible.

I don't always spring for organically grown foods, but I think I'm about to go that route! I've just been watching a most revealing guest on "The Bonnie Hunt Show", Robert Kenner, a film maker turned food processing exposer. It vividly shows the horrible ways meat is produced and the wide-ranging effects that one infected animal can cause, due to how the food industry uses and processes the meat. It wasn't my first exposure to some of the unconscionably terrible practices are being done - and subsidized by the government, especially for school food lunch programs!!!!!! - but this one is beyond others.

If you don't want to be awakened, you shouldn't watch it/ But if you value your health & choose to, it may be briefly covered on the website http://www.bonniehunt.com/about

This site normally has clips of the various guests on that day's show.

You'd need to scroll down the right side of the page to the feature on Robert Kenner, which will appear on a video screen when selected.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

OOOPS!!!! That was a link to an earlier show, I fear - this should get it: http://www.boniehunt.com/about/whenitson.php

Well - when I click that link, it takes me to some other area of her site. But when I use it directly, it opens to the page about the show now on. Maybe it will work for you, maybe not. It's worth a search, though.


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mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC Author

Excellent info on the Bonnie hunt Show, Nelliana! I only just found out that the school system doesn't give kids enough fruits and vegetables so they also do things like give kids pizza to eat for breakfast - Barf! you are absolutely 100% right - if you don't want to be awakened then don't watch, but if you value your health then it is worth watching. One of my husbands jobs involved working in a meat packaging plant and if you heard the stories he tells about the unsanitary conditions and what the people in the plants to do the meat - spit on it, defecate in their hands and wipe it on the meat before they wrap it up to send out 'for sale,' I was raised on a farm and am a meat eater, but organic as far as I am concerned is the only way to go. I also know that you must be careful about how you buy organic - know where the organics come from and if they are truly organic or just have the organic label. Knowledge is power, Nelliana - thanks for sharing the Robert Kenner Interview!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Iappreciate those first-hand comments about this, Michelle.

I was raised in a ranching family - before the food industry became an "industry". Even store-bought foods came from normal family-operated farms & ranches - which were organically operated before there needed to be a special category for it!

My parents were nutrition-wise for their time before there was the worry over the natural fats in natural foods & before the advent of other processed "foods" which are manufactured & loaded with fats were part of our diets. We always had lots of fresh fruit & veggies, whole-grain breads & cereals, few sweets & no sodas or alcohol by anyone in the family.

Even during my child-rearing marriage days, most of the available foods were still natural & I didn't have the budget for many processed foods, plus I cooked EVERYTHING myself "from scratch". I was a Home Ec major & collected cookbooks - & used them! "The Joy of Cooking" was almost my bible!

I definitely believe that the most expensive diets are those which go for the "cheap" fast foods & industrially produced meats & produce. Those result in the high cost of illnesses, medical treatments & life-long costly & dangerous medications. Not a bargain, in my book.

This kind of grass-roots statement for healthy practices and exposure of the massive campaign waged for a vicious food industry while we are championing the making of the better choices is important! I salute you, my friend!


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mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC Author

Excellent info on the Bonnie hunt Show, Nelliana! I only just found out that the school system doesn't give kids enough fruits and vegetables so they also do things like give kids pizza to eat for breakfast - Barf! you are absolutely 100% right - if you don't want to be awakened then don't watch, but if you value your health then it is worth watching. One of my husbands jobs involved working in a meat packaging plant and if you heard the stories he tells about the unsanitary conditions and what the people in the plants to do the meat - spit on it, defecate in their hands and wipe it on the meat before they wrap it up to send out 'for sale,' I was raised on a farm and am a meat eater, but organic as far as I am concerned is the only way to go. I also know that you must be careful about how you buy organic - know where the organics come from and if they are truly organic or just have the organic label. Knowledge is power, Nelliana - thanks for sharing the Robert Kenner Interview!


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mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC Author

Thanks again, Nellianna, If you can't find the Robert Kenner Interview on the link Nellianna gives then you can go to this link and get the information there too -

http://www.pbs.org/pov/blog/2010/04/food_inc_filmm...

The link takes you to the POV blog - Documentaries with a point of view - and has other relevant and interesting information too!

Our personal goals include buying a piece of property with enough land to grow our own vegetables and fruits and to have our own animals as well. BTW - If you lived by the Joy of Cooking Cookbook then you will love the movie Julie & Julia - A true feel good movie! it references Julia Child's book on French Cooking, but so sweet!


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

mwatkins, Lovely pictures and such a fun and light hearted collection. I love him and do hope he suceeds with his goal to restructure the school lunches. He so down to earth and practical, gotta love him, I rate this UP and call it a must read! P.S. I answered your question go check it out ;) Thanks and Peace :)


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mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC Author

HI Katiem - Thanks! I wholeheartedly agree on the school lunches program and truly hope it is a success! If anyone can get it done, from what I see, it looks like he is the school lunch 'poster boy!'


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

The Naked Chef my hero Jamie Oliver. Him and Gordon Ramsay are two of my favorite food network heroes. They can both cook up a storm with wit and sarcasm. I am so proud to see the work he is doing with school kids, nutrition is a problem in a lot of schools and I admire his work with the kids. Great hub, enjoyed it very much:0)


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mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC Author

Isn't he just neat and his promotion of healthy eating for kids really makes me stand up and yell, "Bravo!" Thank you for your kind words - You are right about Gordon Ramsay too!


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

When my son was younger, he was a bit on the plump side. He used to go out and buy junk food and candy that I don't have at home. He became involved in a cooking club at school and started watching Jamie Oliver - shortly after, he picked up healthier eating habits and lost weight. I credit Jamie Oliver!


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mwatkins 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC Author

Hi Delores - Boy am I happy to hear about your son! I think Jamie Oliver is truly an inspiration to young people. he has made a commitment to educating the public and especially youth - To me, that is an honorable call!

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