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Jamie Oliver’s Notable Career Timeline Part One, 1999-2001

Chef Jamie Oliver began his career as a “pukka tukka” Naked Chef in 1999. Over a decade passed and now he has become one of the most sought after Brits of the 21st century in his generation. He has garnered numerous awards and nominations for his TV shows and achieved unwavering support and recognitions for each campaign he started. This is a compilation of Jamie Oliver’s awards, nominations, recognitions, and all other things worth mentioning about Jamie Oliver and his career.


This year was the birth of the Jamie Oliver’s very first cooking show, the Naked Chef, which marked his premiere with nominations from different award giving bodies. For the TV series, he was nominated for TV Quick Awards 1999 Best Television Cook; RTS 1999 Features Primetime; BAFTA 1999 Best Features; and Glenfiddichs 1999 Best Food Programme. It was also in this year that Jamie Oliver got the invitation at No 10 Downing Street to prepare lunch for Prime Minister Tony Blair, who was at the time with the Italian Prime Minister Massimo D’Alema.


The first year of the 21st century set off Jamie Oliver as one of the best newcomers on screen as he received the first of his awards for the hit TV series Naked Chef. He also got the Most Stylish Male TV Personality at the Elle Style Awards proving that this pukka Chef’s charisma was indeed worth noting. But what is even more notable about this year for Jamie Oliver is that he became the face of UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s through an endorsement deal of a staggering $2 million per year.

He won a handful of the most prestigious awards including: TV Quick Award for Best TV Cook for The Naked Chef; GQ Man of the Year Award in the TV Personality category; the Guild of Food Writers 2000 award for Television Broadcast of the Year for the TV series Naked Chef; and the RTS award for Network Newcomer on Screen for the TV series Naked Chef.

In addition to the awards he won, Jamie Oliver’s TV series got even more nominations on that year such as RTS Features Primetime, TRIC Awards Best Presenter, Indies Best Factual Programme, and BAFTA Best Features.

The Naked Chef’s final season aired in 2001 on which Jamie Oliver and his team won the BAFTA Best
Features Award for the TV show. He also received the GQ Best Chef Award in the USA at that time.
His best-selling books based generally on the Naked Chef series had its final issue the same year, from which he received credits including The Home & Leisure Award for Return of The Naked Chef at the WH Smith Book Awards and The Best Television Chef Book for Happy Days with The Naked Chef at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

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