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Jamie Oliver Protegee Returns to Her U.K. Roots

April Bloomfield was working at the River Cafe when the TV chef Jamie Oliver recommended her to New York restaurateur Ken Friedman in 2003.

Born in Birmingham, England, Bloomfield moved to the U.S., where she opened the Spotted Pig, the Breslin and the John Dory, with Friedman, gaining kudos and a degree of celebrity for her gutsy cooking. Her focus is on maximum flavor with minimum fuss.