Jamie Oliver is one of the world’s most well-known chefs, but does he have dyslexia? Read on to find out
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Yes. Jamie Oliver does have dyslexia, but this does not stop him from being one of the world’s best-known chefs.
When Jamie was at school, he needed specialist support there for 5 years “because he struggled in classes.” He left school with an A in Art and a C in Geology, but no other qualifications.
Despite his poor performance at school, he started working in restaurants at an early age and excelled in this area. His early restaurant work led him to present his own TV series such as The Naked Chef (1999 – 2001), Jamie’s School Dinners (2005), Jamie at Home (2007 – 2008) and Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals (2010). Jamie has also released a series of cookbooks, many of which tie in with his TV series, and launched a range of restaurants.
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Even though James is another well-known chef, he failed his cookery class at school because he was not “able to write down all the details of his recipes” due to his dyslexia. When James finished school, he stuck with cookery “and went to one of the top catering colleges in the United Kingdom.”
James has starred in several cookery programmes such as Saturday Kitchen (he was on there from 2006 until 2016), Operation Hospital Food with James Martin (2011 – 2014), James Martin’s United Cakes of America (2013), Christmas Kitchen (2013 – 2014), James Martin: Home Comforts (2015) and Saturday Morning with James Martin (2017 – 2020). Like Jamie Oliver, James Martin has also written some cookbooks that tie in with his cookery programmes. James also has his own range of home baking equipment in collaboration with Stellar.
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Marco was once dubbed, “the Godfather of cooking,” and was also once the youngest chef to be awarded 3 Michelin Stars.
In 2007, Marco was the Head Chef on Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen. Marco also trained Gordon.
In 2011, Marco told the Evening Standard that reading aloud in class broke his confidence. He still relied on giant picture books at that time and “used cooking to cope with his difficulties reading and writing.”