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Jamie Oliver's staff give him a big surprise for his 40th birthday

Darth Vader, the London town crier, and all his staff lined up to wish Jamie Oliver a happy birthday

By Kate Guest | Published: 27 May 2015

Photo: Jamie Oliver

Today is celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's 40th birthday, and to celebrate the milestone staff at his headquarters in London organised something of a surprise. Happily for us they also filmed and shared it on FoodTube, Jamie's YouTube channel.

The fun begins when Darth Vader interrupts Jamie – a huge Star Wars fan – during a meeting. He then hands the bewildered Essex boy a selfie stick on a birthday cake and leads him on a parade past all his cheering staff to his restaurant, Fifteen, around the corner.  

Things start getting a bit emotional for Jamie around the halfway mark, when he notices that all his staff are dressed like him. "I've just realised everyone is wearing plaid shirts!" he cries. By the time he arrives at Fifteen to find wife Jools, his parents, in-laws and lots more friends and family waiting, it's full-on waterworks for the chef. Awww. 

Happy birthday, Jamie! 

Related: 5 things I learned from working for Jamie Oliver


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