Jamie Oliver was 'pulling pints' at 10-years-old
Jamie Oliver has opened up about the time he spent growing up in a pub as a youngster, joking that he was working behind the bar at the age of 10. The television chef also joked that he became best friends with the pub's customers which included gypsies and the elderly.
Jamie Oliver started serving alcohol in his family pub when he was just 10-years-old.
The 39-year-old television chef said that he worked in the pub throughout his childhood to earn himself some pocket money.
The 'Jamie's Comfort Food' writer told The Daily Telegraph newspaper: "I was pulling pints at 10! I didn't feel put out. I loved it. I loved the concept of earning money."
Although he occasionally worked behind the bar, Jamie confessed that a lot of the time, he was made to do the jobs no one else wanted to do.
He said: "I was small and agile and keen - I'd clean parts of the chimney, get put in the big bins to dig out the crud on the bottom and polish brass in piss-stained toilets."
However, he was soon promoted from the toilets to the kitchen, which ignited his passion for food.
Jamie said: "Once I started doing veg prep I had to get in the kitchen, even though it was full of bad language and dirty jokes."
The father-of-four suggested that he wasn't always hard-working in the pub though, joking that he would have "live crab and lobster races on the kitchen floor because it was fish day on a Tuesday."
Admitting that he was a fan of the social aspect of his family pub, he added: "My three best friends were Cockneys and gypsies, and I used to hang out with the old-age pensioners."