My nickname "The Northern Monkey" was given to me many years ago whilst working in the kitchens because of my infectious banter, positivity and cheeky nature. I was born in the North of England, Manchester.
At the age of 15 I started out as a Kitchen Hand so I could save enough money to study art at university. I quickly started moving up the ranks in the Kitchen as my creative flair allowed me to look at things from a different point of view. Cooking quickly became my addiction as well as creating art.
Working in Italian, English Pub Gastro, Argentinian and French fine dining before starting my fine arts degree at the innovative Manchester School of art. Whilst selling art and being a chef in the UK I started to focus on my next chapter.
Travel was high on my agenda because of my multi racial background of European and Bangladeshi. I wanted to experience cultures that were engraved in me and use my cooking skills to get me from A to B. From Europe, India, Asia and the U.S I immersed myself in as many kitchens and cuisines as possible. Eventually washing up on the shores of Sydney, Australia in 2008.
My Australian journey began in Sydney working as an agency chef in every kitchen imaginable. From hatted restaurants, pop up events, catering and to becoming the executive head chef of the Reserve Bank of Australia in 2010. In 2014 I began my crusade of positivity by sharing my gift of creation through food & art through my YouTube and Facebook channels.
My movement is to show people how you can express yourself through what you love. My style of food is all about simplicity and combining experiences, culture, colour and sustainability to create awesome food for everyone. From Manchester, UK to now living in Sydney, Australia. Food and Art has taught me many things, including that seasonal is far more reasonable, respect the land and others and when things aren't adding up in life, start subtracting.
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I completed a BA Honours in Fine Art from Manchester School of Art. My journey as a chef and artist has always been in constant flow together. From having a full time studio in Manchester back in early 2000 to using my culinary skills as a chef to travel and arrive in my current home of Australia. My artwork is a fusion of expressionism and pop art, which delves into his subconscious thoughts opening to what he refers to as "Pandora’s Box" turning it into a visual experience. Inspired by food, love, typography, music, other artists, human form, texture, creatures, colour, burlesque, mindfulness, dreams, past, humour and a blank canvas.
Jamie's best selling piece is called "Live a Colourful Life" which can be purchased as a limited edition print. Reach out to enquire about private commissions for your home, restaurant or workplace.
All prints are embossed, signed and printed on premium graded, fine art rag.
Jamie is the Creative Director of TNM Creative Media.
After leaving the kitchen to pursue a food development role for the largest catering company in Australia, he began to merge his creativity and food knowledge to capture a perspective of marketing that was faithful to the industry.
In 2014 he decided to take a leap of faith and start his brand "The Northern Monkey" (TNM) which has now evolved to TNM Creative Media. Jamie has worked alongside some of the best chefs in the world, industry specialists, food brands, stylists and photographers.
His passion and knowledge for food, art and film have allowed him to establish himself as an "entrepreneurial marketing and good vibes distributor" in the hospitality, travel and arts sector.