James Trevor 'Jamie' Oliver, MBE (born 27 May 1975) is a British chef, restaurateur and media personality, known for his food-focused television shows, cookbooks and more recently his campaign against the use of processed foods in national schools. He strives to improve unhealthy diets and poor cooking habits in the United Kingdom and the United States. Jamie Oliver's speciality is Italian cuisine, although he has a broad international repertoire.Jamie Oliver was brought up in Clavering, Essex, England. His parents ran a pub, 'The Cricketers', where he used to practice in the kitchen. He was educated at Newport Free Grammar School. In 2009 Oliver stated that he was of partial Sudanese ancestry via his great-great grandfather John, whom he described as 'a bit swarthy with curly hair'.