That adorable mop of hair he had 20 years ago when he slid down a banister and splashed into popular food culture as the Naked Chef is cropped now. At 44, Mr. Oliver comes off more like a pleasant, world-weary high school teacher than the arrogant jokey bloke everyone wanted to hang around with back when he blew up food TV. And are those bags under his blue eyes? He dropped the kids at school, then made his way to the refurbished North London warehouse that serves as his headquarters.
On Christmas Eve, , the nation woke up to begin preparing to cook their Christmas dinner to under the reassuring direction of Delia Smith. The celebrated chef who had already spent almost two decades on screen explaining the basics of cookery in her trademark straightforward and unpretentious way presented her first Christmas special in In a six part series, Delia took her viewers through the basics, from making the pudding weeks in advance right through to preparing the perfect turkey the day before 25 years ago today , offering a sprinkling of her characteristic hints and tips throughout. Delia returned to champion festive fare in but in between a new television favourite emerged. The Christmas cookery special. Gary brought his charm and spikey hair to the festive table to cook up Christmas treats the whole family could enjoy. The fresh faced and cheeky Naked Chef shot straight to stardom and made his Christmas TV debut the very same year.