He accepted an offer from Optomen Television to produce his first show The Naked Chef.
The title is a reference to the simplicity of his recipes.
Jamie grew up in Cambridge where his parents, Trevor and Sally, own a pub and restaurant called The Cricketers (still in business).
When he was 8 years old, Jamie began working in his parent's restaurant.
At age 11 Jamie could cut vegetables as well as any of the kitchen staff.
Here Jamie worked alongside Gennaro Contaldo, who Jamie considers one of his mentors.
After The Neal Street Restaurant, Jamie worked 3 1/2 years at the famous River Cafe in London.
It was here, Jamie says, where he learned "all about the time and effort that goes into creating the freshest, most honest, totally delicious food."The Television Star: The River Cafe was also his big break into television.The day after appearing in a documentary about the restaurant called Christmas at the River Cafe, five television production companies contacted Jamie about starring in his own show.In 1989, at the age of 14, Jamie formed the band Scarlet Division with composer/musician Leigh Haggerwood.Culinary Career: Jamie began attending the Westminster Catering College at the age of 16.Later, he worked in France learning as much as he could before returning to London.His first job back was working for Antonio Carluccio as Head Pastry Chef at The Neal Street Restaurant (CLOSED) (one of the best Italian restaurants in England).