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Jamie Oliver is a television personality who started his career in Britain. He is famous for numerous programs including The Naked Chef and Jamie’s Kitchen. He has written numerous cookbooks, including 2010’s Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals and 2013’s, Save With Jamie. He has also opened up restaurants including the high street restaurant collection known as “Jamie’s Italian” and the Fifteen Group restaurants which Jamie started in 2002. The Fifteen Group provides training for developing cooks in three locations around the world in addition to offering five star meals.
The Jamie Oliver website houses thousands of recipes for users and member which range in difficulty and can meet the needs of various dietary restrictions. There are sections created for dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free recipes so those users who have allergies or food preferences can view only those recipes which pertain to their needs.
There is also an extensive blog section which includes sections on News, Features, and the restaurants which Jamie Oliver owns. Members can also sign up for daily email newsletters as well as subscribe to the Jamie Oliver magazine if they choose
The forum and Q & A sections are particularly helpful for users. These sections allow users to ask questions directly to Jamie Oliver or to other users/members of the website. There are also helpful How-To videos which cover some of the cooking basics including "How To Cut Celery," "How to Break Down a Chicken," and "How To Use Your Griddle Pan." There are also featured videos about comfort foods and healthy meals.
Finally, members are able to upload their own recipes to the Jamie Oliver website once they sign up for free and fellow members can view and comment on them.
While the Jamie Oliver website offers practically everything which a user would find helpful it does not include a selective filtering system for search bar results. Users can browse recipes in various categories such as main ingredient, type of dish, and dietary options but when a person uses the search bar to look for a particular item there is no way to filter in or out other ingredients or types of diets. For example, if a user were to type in avocado into the search bar they will see all the results on the page which contain the word avocado, but the user cannot filter those results by difficulty level, dairy-free, or vegan results.
The website also did not offer users or members a type of meal planner or menu creator. This feature would be helpful for those who are busy or pressed for time as well as those who are planning a get-together or event which they are hosting. While the site allows you to create a grocery list on a single recipe, this option is not available for a group of recipes. This option is especially beneficial to users and would improve the usability of the recipes.
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I love Jamie Oliver but a lot of times he uses ingredients that are hard to find...Most of the recipes I won't try to make because I have to go out and find specialty ingredients.