Wife of famous TV chef Jamie Oliver says ‘he does whatever I tell him to’

September 2, 2013 by  
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HE RACES around the place coaxing us into cooking healthy food. He’s on TV every five minutes. He writes all those bestselling cookbooks (17 so far). How does Jamie Oliver do it all? One word: Jools.

More than 3,500 people depend on Jamie Oliver for their livelihoods. Jamie depends on Jools. For 20 years – 13 of them as his wife – she has been his rock. When he was first marked out as a high-flyer, Jools was the wind beneath his wings. As he built his food empire, Jools built their home. Nowadays, while Jamie hares around trying to save the world one dinner at a time, Jools keeps the home fires burning and brings up their children, of which there are four – at least for now.

For Jools, 38, has made it clear she does not feel their baby-making days are over and that she would dearly love a sibling for daughters Poppy Honey, 11, Daisy Boo, 10, and Petal Blossom, four, and son Buddy Bear, almost three. Poppy starting at secondary school has got Jools dreading the day there’s no child in the house and when it comes to babies, she is very much in charge.

At the time of their wedding in 2000, Jamie said: “Jools can’t wait for me to put a bun in her oven.” This week he said: “Jools would love another baby. I don’t know if I can handle it but she is the boss. Whatever she wants, she will get.”

That’s not strictly true. When Jamie and Jools were teenage sweethearts in Essex they had a rather different life mapped out for themselves. They would spend five years or so grafting in London restaurants where Jamie would learn how to make the best pasta and bread. They would “feel a bit of that London energy” before going back home to Essex to run a nice pub. In time they would add a 50-seater restaurant and the family would all live above the shop. And that, Jamie readily admits, would have suited Jools down to the ground.

“I think she might have preferred a more modest life. She never put pressure on me to deliver or achieve. She’s never been the sort to want bigger, better. ”

But bigger and better was what they got. When Jamie started going out with Juliette Norton, they were both only 18. He was studying catering at Westminster College and had notched up several years working in the kitchen at his dad’s pub, The Cricketers in Clavering, Essex. She did waitressing and they relied heavily on her tips as income.

Then Jamie went to work at The River Cafe where his telegenic talents were noticed. Suddenly at 22 he was the Naked Chef and much in demand. However while filming in their flat, Jools was banished to the bedroom because the BBC wanted Jamie to appear single. It is a mark of her security that she did not kick up a fuss.

For Jamie it was the start of working 18 or more hours a day, making TV programmes, opening restaurants and delis, launching his range of kitchen accoutrements and then doing it all over again in America.

Jools had to go along with it but she didn’t always know exactly what she was going along with. Keeping an eye on female attention was easy enough – she checked Jamie’s texts and emails . She still does. “He says I’m a jealous girl but I think I’m fairly laid-back, considering.”

But there were other surprises.

When she gave birth to one of their daughters she was not expecting her husband to visit her in hospital with a camera crew in tow.

Nor did he tell her he had put millions of his money into launching Fifteen, the restaurant staffed by novices he picked out of the dole queue to train as chefs. If the scheme had failed they would have lost the house. She admits she was naive in the early days of Jamie’s career but objects to being portrayed as dim, especially by her husband. When he told one interviewer that much of what he did went over her head she was furious.

“He got a real telling off. How dare you say I don’t get what you’re doing. You don’t get what I’m doing here,” she recalls.

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