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Jamie Oliver top of TV chef poll
Jamie Oliver
Oliver has been praised for his school dinners campaign
British chef Jamie Oliver is the world's favourite TV cook, according to a survey of more than 100 countries.

The 30-year-old beat James Martin and Rick Stein into second and third place in the BBC Food poll, which questioned 13,000 people.

Oliver, who won praise for his campaign to improve UK school dinners, said he was "honoured and humbled" by his win.

Ainsley Harriott was in fourth place, followed by Nigella Lawson, known as the Domestic Goddess, in fifth.

Oliver won votes from countries including South Africa, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia where his Naked Chef and Jamie's Kitchen series have been broadcast.

TOP FIVE TV CHEFS
1. Jamie Oliver
2. James Martin
3. Rick Stein
4. Ainsley Harriott
5. Nigella Lawson
Source: BBC Food

Responding to his win, Oliver said: "That's wicked. Amazing. I'm honoured and very humbled.

"It's amazing what can be achieved in just seven years. Thank you very much."

A BBC Food spokesman said: "We're thrilled for Jamie. His appeal is universal and his fresh, no-nonsense cooking style and inspiring recipes are loved by all audiences around the world."

Also included in the top 10 were Anthony Worrall Thompson, Gary Rhodes and Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall, while Delia Smith came out in 14th place.

Fiery chef Gordon Ramsey was not included in the poll because his programmes do not get shown on the BBC Food channel.

BBC Food, part of BBC Worldwide, will screen a special winner's night featuring the top 10 chefs on 29 November.




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