Jamie Oliver In conversation with Melissa Leong
11 November 2023
In the Concert Hall
Talks & Ideas
Chef and child health campaigner Jamie Oliver is back in Sydney for an Australian exclusive conversation at the Sydney Opera House. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Jamie’s story – from the early Naked Chef days to how he continues to inspire millions to cook fresh and delicious food from scratch, and his pledge to keep fighting for kids’ health.
Saturday 11 November 2023
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This show runs for approx. 90 minutes, without interval
Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change.
Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
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Inspiring the next generation
Jamie Oliver is back in Sydney for an Australian exclusive conversation in the Concert Hall for one day only. His mission? To inspire the next generation to enjoy cooking fresh, delicious food from scratch. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Jamie in a conversation that covers the breadth of his career – from the famous moment of discovery at London’s River Café to today, 24 years and 50 million books later, as he returns to his “home away from home”, Australia. Jamie will captivate audiences with insights into his triumphs and challenges, the meaning of family and being a dad, and his pledge to create a happier, healthier world by inspiring the love of cooking in children.
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Every time I visit Australia it feels like a big old hug. It’s a real home away from home for me and I’m so excited to be back.
Jamie Oliver is a global phenomenon in food and campaigning. During a 24-year television and publishing career he has sold nearly 50 million books worldwide, and his TV series are watched by millions of people around the globe. As a result, Jamie has inspired a generation to enjoy cooking fresh, delicious food from scratch, publishing 26 best-selling cookery books, all with accompanying TV shows. He’s inspiring young people to love food and appreciate nature with his new children’s book, Billy & The Giant Adventure.
His portfolio of successful restaurants now spans 22 countries around the world across 70+ restaurants, and his growing range of quality food and kitchen products features everything from pans and utensils to pasta, ready-to-eat grains, curry pastes, and much more.
Jamie started cooking at his parents’ pub, The Cricketers, in Clavering, Essex, at the tender age of eight. After leaving school he began a career as a chef that took him to the celebrated River Café, where he was famously spotted by a television producer and the Naked Chef was born.
Through his campaign team, and working alongside youth movement BiteBack 2030, Jamie is on a mission to inspire and enable more people to experience the joys and benefits of cooking and enjoying nutritious, sustainable and balanced meals. This desire to make food fairer for all sits at the heart of Jamie’s company-wide goal of creating a happier, healthier world through the joy of food.
Few in Australia can boast the culinary credentials of Melissa Leong. An accomplished food and travel writer, food media consultant, radio broadcaster, television presenter, MC and cookbook editor, this first-generation Singaporean Australian isn't afraid to eat anything at least once.
Living proof that not being sure what you want to be when you grow up can make for a life less boring, Melissa’s instinct is always to say yes to the unexpected. Her professional background has spanned advertising, food media consulting, PR, journalism and cookbook publishing, working with big name culinary personalities including Marco Pierre White, Adriano Zumbo, Colin Fassnidge and Dan Hong. From travelling solo to far flung places in the world, to living on an abattoir in rural Tasmania just to better understand the trials and tribulations of primary food industry, she has written her own rule book.
Melissa began her television career with Netflix’s The Chef’s Line in 2016. Her culinary prowess and star power was recognised and she landed the coveted role as Host and Judge on MasterChef Australia, Celebrity MasterChef and MasterChef Junior in 2020. As the first ever female judge, Melissa quickly became a fan favorite known for her charm, wit and eloquence. She was nominated for the prestigious Gold Logie in 2022 for the Most Popular Personality On Australian Television. In addition to continuing with MasterChef Australia, as part of Channel 10’s 2022 pilot showcase, Melissa hosted a new show called Dinner Guest alongside Narelda Jacobs and Susan Carland – a female led talk show that strives to give diverse women a voice by sharing their own experiences as women of color. In 2023 Melissa will also co-host and judge MasterChef: Dessert Masters alongside internationally renowned French pastry chef Amaury Guichon.
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The health and wellbeing of everyone attending the Opera House is our top priority. We have a number of safety measures in place including regular cleaning of high-touch areas, air conditioning systems that maximise ventilation, and hand sanitiser stations positioned in all paths of travel. While face masks are no longer required, we ask all our patrons and visitors to practise good hygiene. Please stay home if you feel unwell and read more about our flexible ticket options.
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Foyers will be open 90 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars.
The venue doors will be open 45 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 30 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances.
Please bring a credit or debit card for any on site purchases to enable contactless payment. You’re welcome to bring your own water bottle but no other food and drinks are permitted inside our venues. Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and Portside are also available for you to enjoy.
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