I’ve been watching Oliver for years, since The Naked Chef debuted on FoodTV, and while Oliver’s Twist is his best cooking show ever (much better recipes and I enjoy the food themes more), I still find him second rate compared to Emeril, Mario Batali, Wolfgang Puck or Bobby Flay.
However, after watching Jamie’s Kitchen, I find him so immensely likable that I am making an effort to forgive his numerous cooking crimes (like never peeling his garlic and using too little of it or putting lemon in everything). The man is a saint. I can’t believe he kept giving chance after chance to those stupid kids that wouldn’t show up for class or for work when they had internships/apprenticeships at local restaurants. The most amazing thing is that I thought that the restaurant was an investment and the charitable angle was hiring the kids, then I learned that all profits from the restaurant go into the program, so Jamie will never see a penny from Fifteen. My wife read somewhere that it cost so much of his own money to open and operate the place that it will take Oliver eight years just to get out of debt. The poor guy deserves better.