It was in this year that Jamie Oliver went through some radical change as he helped unemployed or homeless people become the culinary experts they can be. He launched the first Fifteen restaurant in UK. He was also about to become a father that year so it was definitely a busy year for him. Nevertheless, it did not keep him from receiving recognitions. His documentary show, Jamie’s Kitchen won the Broadcasting Press Guild Award Best Documentary series of the year and nominated for National Television Award Most Popular Reality Programme and BAFTA TV Award Best Features. The show was produced by his founded television production company Fresh One Productions that was collaboration between Fremantle Media and Jamie Oliver. His Fifteen restaurant was nominated by London Restaurant Awards for New Restaurant of the Year.
Without a doubt, one of the most remarkable years of Jamie Oliver is 2003. This is the time when he was awarded with an MBE (Member of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to the hospitality industry by his documentary show Jamie’s Kitchen, where he turned a group of disadvantaged youth into cooks for his Fifteen restaurant which won the Tatler Best Restaurant Award the same year.
Awards showered Jamie Oliver as he received the Food and Drink Personality of the Year at the GQ/Glenfiddich Food and Drink Awards, Time Out’s Special Award for Outstanding Achievement at the magazine’s food awards, Academy Award of Excellence at the Tio Pepe Carlton London Restaurant Awards, an AoC Gold Award from Association of Colleges at the House of Commons, and a Special Award from Catey Academy.
Jamie’s Kitchen was voted Best TV Cookery Show at the GQ/Glenfiddich Food and Drink Award and won the Annual Grierson Awards in London as the Most Entertaining Documentary of the year.
Though Chef Jamie Oliver did not have any TV show this year, he remained as one of the most popular celebrities in the world. A website visited by more than 40,000 users every week voted Jamie Oliver as the most requested celebrity in a survey they conducted, topping off David Beckham and Robbie Williams. His second Fifteen restaurant opened in Amsterdam that year adding him tons of work to do.