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Jamie Oliver Is Officially The UK's Most Popular Chef

Jamie Oliver Is Officially The UK's Most Popular Chef

Celebrity chefs are all over the place these days, whether it involves getting in hot water for a controversial jerk rice product or slagging off some kids on This Morning for liking pineapple on their pizza.

Nowadays there are so many doing the rounds, that there's just about every flavour of TV chef for every mood. Fancy a bit of foul-mouthed deprecation with your dinner? Gordon Ramsay's yaboi. In need of a bit of classic comfort food with a side of motherly love? Obviously Mary Berry. If you like things silky smooth and seductive, there's no greater woman for the job than Nigella.

But it turns out that there's one celebrity chef to rule them all, and that's Jamie Oliver.

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That's right, Jamie has been named Britain's favourite chef ever, based on the sales of cook books over the past 20 years.

The research, which was carried out by Go Compare, looked into the best-selling cook books between 1998 and the present day. It found that Jamie has spent a pretty impressive 18 years of his career in Amazon's bestselling books chart - with no sign of slowing down, either, given that he's still busting publications out left, right and centre.

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Nigella Lawson (aka our culinary queen; don't @ me) came in second, followed by the national treasure that is Delia Smith. Fish and seafood expert Rick Stein was in fourth place, while Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Nigel Slater, Mary Berry, Joe Wicks, Gordon Ramsay and Robert C. Atkins (whose surname you might recognise from a little-known Atkins diet) made up the rest of the top 10.

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Elsewhere in the top 20, you'll spot the likes of Tom Kerridge, the Hairy Bikers, Lorraine Pascale, Paul Hollywood, Heston Blumenthal and James Martin. And there's also Ella Mills, the clean-eating entrepreneur who Instagrams and writes books under the slightly nauseating moniker of 'Deliciously Ella'.

But the most baffling inclusion on the list? Gillian McKeith, who comes in at number 12. You'll remember her from what was arguably her heyday in the mid 2000s, when she made a name for herself telling us all to get colonic irrigations and look at our poos all the time. Oh, and then it transpired that she wasn't even a doctor anyway, so we all told her to jog on... Before she cropped up again for I'm A Celeb and pretended to faint to get out of a trial.

Yeah, we're guessing that Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay won't be looking so bad to their haters all of a sudden...

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Topics: Food, UK News, News, Jamie Oliver, UK

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]