I don't own any of his books, probably won't subscribe to his magazine or purchase any of his products (mostly because they're too expensive to import) and highly doubt I'd go see him in person but I do like to watch Jamie Oliver videos on the web. Read on for a few favorites.
I'll be honest here: I just discovered Jamie Oliver a few months ago, thanks to a new computer and my generous neighbor's free superspeedy wireless connection. I'm a bit late to the party, I know, but I just discovered a site that has all of his first series, The Naked Chef, and I'm thoroughly addicted. Jamie Oliver at 23, chock full of boyish charm and energy and angel/devil cheeky fun! But none of it would be worth my time if the lad couldn't cook. And as most of the world knows and I'm only just discovering, he really can cook. I just may buy one or two of his books after all...
I've also started watching his latest offering, Ministry of Food series, on his website. Jamie Oliver is all grown up now, with a wife and kids and a whole industry behind his name. The tone and style of the series are more subdued and he's pitching towards people who don't usually cook, but he's as encouraging and inspiring as ever. And his recipe for pasta with peas and bacon looks really great...er, dead pukka!
Jamie and Mark Bittman