Here’s Why Jamie Oliver Is 1 of the Most Hated Celebrity Chefs of All Time
Celebrity chefs: They’re everywhere these days, and chances are you either love them or hate them. Even though many overcame crummy first jobs on their way to fortune and fame, we can’t help but get annoyed by their terrible cooking shows and their petty feuds.
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is a polarizing person, and people love him or hate him. These are the reasons people hate Oliver.
1. He is too earnest
One of the biggest fights Oliver ever picked was a battle with the United States. Or rather, a battle against the bulge in the United States, especially when it comes to kids. Yet when some schools didn’t listen when he urged them to change their meals, he cried about it. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not saying it’s not a noble goal to have kids eat healthily, but Oliver needs thicker skin.
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2. The ‘me against the world’ stance
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is just that — a chef. Yet to hear him tell it, he’s more of a pariah than anything else. In an interview with The Guardian, he literally has a “me against the world” stance, saying, “No one understands me. No one.”
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3. His Italian restaurant is terrible
What would a celebrity chef be if he or she didn’t own a restaurant (or several)? The answer, in some cases, is a less-ridiculed celebrity chef. Jamie’s Italian owned by — you guessed it — Oliver is one of the worst around. When a restaurant serves wheat pasta to someone with celiac disease and the kitchen catches fire, you know things aren’t going well.
Next: His preferred mode of transportation is just weird.
4. The fact he insists on traveling by moped’
We get that traveling by moped is budget- and Earth-friendly, but there’s just something weird about a grown man using one as his preferred mode of transportation. Moving via moped doesn’t bother Oliver, but he doesn’t know how to start it!
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5. It feels like he hardly worked for his fame
Oliver must have it the Staples button on his way to fame because it certainly came easily. One minute he was a sous chef in west London and the next he was on top of the world, all thanks to a BBC film crew that just happened to be in the restaurant. His career arc turned pretty much overnight.
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6. He’s held in high regard in England …
Just a few short years after the BBC film crew launched his media career in 1997, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver earned some pretty high civilian honors. These days he’s formally known as Jamie Oliver, MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire), since he was given the honor in 2003.
Next: This one is unforgivable.
7. … But he didn’t dress the part when he received the honor
Personally meeting the queen is supposed to be an honor for British citizens. Maybe not so much for Oliver. When he received his MBE honor, he definitely didn’t dress the part. As the BBC reports, he didn’t wear a tie when he met Queen Elizabeth.
Next: We really hate this fact.
8. That bank account, though
We’ve detailed all the reasons to hate Oliver. The easy fame. The earnestness. The terrible Italian restaurant, the moped, and dressing down for the queen. Despite all that, he’s one of the richest chefs in the world with a net worth of $400 million.
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