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Jamie Oliver doesn't cook – he rips it up, slashes it, smashes it, chucks it in and the pin-up in a pinny makes stuff pukka. He's the Prince Of Pots And Pans, the King Of Cuisine – with him anchovies become ‘appening, mushrooms groovy and sarnies sexy. His cheeky chubby chops, slight lisp, tousled blonde hair, beautiful missus Jules, trendy togs, gorgeous mates and glamorous London pad makes slaving over a hot stove look better than clubbing.
Jamie’s trademark is juggling a hectic social life, with a passion for entertaining and an undoubted ability to create delicious, unpretentious dishes. His mantra for preparing simple, tasty, gutsy, common-sense food without the fuss remains the same – and he still manages to combine it all with friends, family and an ability to have a good time.
"I think it’s really important to get back to basics. Now, if I can write a recipe that, potentially, everyone can make if they want to, then that’s just fantastic!" says Jamie.
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