Jamie Oliver’s TV Shows
Who would have guessed that a cheeky kid would become one of Britain’s most renowned people and its best-selling author?
We have seen him on TV ever since the day he appeared as an employee at the River Café. Now, he has already starred in more than sixteen TV series shown worldwide. Let us go back to where we first loved this choppy chef and what he had been up to in the past ten years as the world’s Naked Chef.
The Naked Chef’s debut
It was in 1999 when Jamie Oliver was first spotted in a documentary about the River Café restaurant where he worked for notable chefs Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers who taught him all about creating food in the most honest way possible. These two women inspired Jamie Oliver to become the chef and health advocate that he is now. However, at that time, Jamie was just the pukka kid who will keep you watching for more – but not because he is a naked chef but because of his fresh cooking antics topped off with his annoying yet valid remarks. Who would not want to see more of this new kid on TV?
It was that first appearance which opened doors for Jamie Oliver to burst in our TV screens. The next day right after he was seen on TV, he already got calls from production companies for a possible show. Eventually he accepted the offer from Optomen Television, which introduced him as “The Naked Chef” in the show under the same title. The show first aired in BBC2 in 1999, where he unveiled his cooking techniques on how ‘to strip food down to its bare essentials.’ The show featured “real food for real occasions” as Jamie Oliver would describe it.
Return of the Naked Chef & Happy Days with the Naked Chef
Two seasons followed the success of The Naked Chef series, which were based on the books he published because of his first show. The “Return of the Naked Chef” which first aired in UK through BBC2 in March 2000 was the second Naked Chef series and was very similar to the first. It highlighted another collection of his recipes made especially for people to enjoy simple, good and healthy food at their very own homes.
“Happy Days with the Naked Chef,” on the other hand, as his third series had a new twist as Jamie Oliver had some cooking with Jay Kay in the show where the two made exciting treats on the river. Happy Days as the title suggests was all about dishing up simple dishes and enjoying good food with family and friends. The show first aired in UK, in BBC2, on September 2001
Jamie Oliver brought his cooking antics in New Zealand and in June 2001, his show Jamie’s Pukka Tukka was released. Pukka Tukka, which means “good food”, was first launched in Channel 4 in 2000. The show was also shown in Austria (2003) and Sweden (2004).
Jamie’s shows were hitting the charts but it was in 2001 that the pukka chef left the naked chef behind and moved on to start a completely new standpoint. In 2002, Jamie’s Kitchen aired on Channel 4 from November 5 to December 10. It was a five-part British documentary TV series displaying another side of the cheeky choppy chef.
In the series, chef Jamie Oliver tries to pass on his passion for good food as he attempts to help disadvantaged youth by mentoring fifteen unemployed or homeless people to train as chefs and become his staff for his new restaurant, Fifteen.
The series marked the start of his ongoing advocacy along with the Fifteen Foundation Charity which he had set up after getting people’s support from the show.
Jamie Oliver’s TV Shows