Jamie Oliver and His Pukka Wheels
Chef Jamie Oliver’s taste for old cars matches his tang for good, old, home style dishes. From a Ford Fiesta 950 to a first generation Ford Bronco, our Pukka Chef certainly has good taste not only with food – but with his wheels as well.
Jamie Oliver started off young in the kitchen by working at his parents’ pub, the Cricketers, in Clavering, Essex. Just by helping peel vegetables at the age of 8 and until he became a demon chopper by 11, Oliver has known he was made to become a chef, though he never knew then how greatly his cooking skills can grant him what most men love more – Cars.
After working at the Cricketers, Oliver was able to buy his first car, a Ford Fiesta 950. At the time, Oliver thought that “the Fiesta was a wicked little car.” Taking into account the money he had then, it was all he could afford. So to pimp it, he whacked on a set of Golf GTI alloy wheels, a massive stereo, and a Fiesta XR2 body kit to it but having that tiny 950cc engine, he himself wasn’t in awe.
But along with those wheels, he went through to get his formal training at Westminster Catering College until he headed France. When he returned to London, he worked as head pastry chef at Antonio Carluccio’s Neal Street Restaurant. Money may have been sweeter so after the Fiesta, he got a Peugeot 205 at £950 that also needed some Oliver GTI makeover, complete with spoilers and skirts. Then came a Renault Clio 1.4.
When he left his job at Antonio Carluccio’s Restaurant, Oliver got to work at the River Café located in West London for three years. This was the place where he got his big break he himself never imagined to happen. Through the documentary about the River Café, a Pukka Chef Jamie Oliver was known and his TV career has taken off as the Naked Chef and is still in full blast after more than a decade in the business.
But before those Maserati, Mercedes, and the Volkswagen, the first auto he got from his successful TV career was a Vauxhall Frontera. Though it wasn’t the meatiest of all four-wheel drives, as Oliver said, he thought it looked good and was very dependable.
Oliver has had several cars in his garage since then from scooters to campervans and has already sold some of his vehicles for charity’s sake. Some of the classic autos that have been in Oliver’s car pool in 2006, include the famous Volkswagen camper van he used in his Italian Escape, the 1964 Ford Mustang present for his wife Jools, a Volkswagen Golf 1.8 which replaced his Porsche Cayenne, and a Mercedes SLK AMG which replaced his 4.2 Miserati. He sold his Aprilia scooter for his Fifteen Charity which made about £7,600. Recently, he’s seen in his Food Revolution Campaign driving a classic Ford Bronco. This one is said to have been a first generation Bronco which means it’s more than 30 years old already.