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Jamie Oliver's New Show?

post #1 of 247
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Does anyone know what soft of "diet" (aka way of eating) he's going to be promoting? I don't want to get my hopes up...
post #2 of 247
My kids attend the school district he's chosen to work with. It looks ok, from what little I've been able to glean. Better than the food they had at their school in TX.

I do wish there was a little more info... I'm going to google.
post #3 of 247
http://www.jamieoliver.com/campaigns/

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Jamie's challenge was to see if he can get a whole community cooking again. He worked with the school lunch ladies and local families to get everyone back in the kitchen and making tasty meals with fresh ingredients – no packets, no cheating. He's started a Food Revolution: to get people all over America to reconnect with their food and change the way they eat.
http://www.jamieoliver.com/news/jami...-revolution-in
post #4 of 247
Hey, nifty.

I contacted my school's principal to see if there's any info from the school level. Their breakfast yesterday was a boiled egg, piece of toast, cereal, milk, and juice. *shrug* Better than the pastry in TX, I guess.

ETA: The principal told me that the chef has not been to my kids school yet.
post #5 of 247
Here's what I found out from the school principal:
  • It will eventually affect all of the schools.
  • The main change will be to eliminate many of the processed foods from the menu.
  • A chef is making his rounds to the individual schools to work with the cooks regarding the changes.
  • He has just been showing up at a new school as he completes work at a previous school

I have several other emails about it that he was kind enough to forward to me, but those are the basics. As I discover more, I'll post.

http://abc.go.com/shows/jamie-olivers-food-revolution

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/...ie-Oliver-show
post #6 of 247
If it's anything like his FoodTV Network shows, it will be all about whole, fresh, healthy foods.

I can't wait!
post #7 of 247
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He's started a Food Revolution: to get people all over America to reconnect with their food and change the way they eat.
He started that?
post #8 of 247
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Originally Posted by Arduinna View Post
He started that?
I don't think they're saying he invented the concept but, his show focuses on going into places that have skyrocketing obesity rates, poor diets etc... and he's trying to create a revolution in those places - places where people maybe are uneducated about healthy food choices, unaware of the health implications to themselves and their families from eating processed junk foods etc...
post #9 of 247
I saw a couple episodes of the British version and he just wants people to regain their food "literacy" - basically, to be able to cook simple, healthy dishes AND to teach their friends how to do so too. I think Jamie Oliver's raison d'etre at the moment is to do away with packaged, pre-made, processed food. More power to him.
post #10 of 247
I'm so excited for this show! I can't wait!
post #11 of 247
Anyone catch the premier tonight? It's on again on Friday and I'll watch it again. Friday is a 2-hr episode.
post #12 of 247
I watched it! It made me cry. I was amazed at the resistance he got from the cooks at the school. And the fact that they really don't know that the food they serve is unhealthy. And I'm not criticizing them in any way, but to be THAT in the dark is astonishing to me. And his emotion at the end of the show really showed his sincerity in his desire to help people. I think I'm hooked!
post #13 of 247
I'm watching it now. Interesting... and makes me grateful my kids' school lunches aren't near that bad.
post #14 of 247
I watched his show back in Europe and he prepares fresh foods, no processed stuff ever.

I'm watching it right now and I don't know if I should cry, be super upset and yelling at the TV or what. People really serve that crap in schools (I had no idea)? That's borderline criminal. Pizza for breakfast, chicken nuggets and hydrogenated oil mashed potatoes for lunch? Are you kidding me? I had no idea anyone would serve that to kids, let alone think that's healthy?! That is royally screwed up.

I can't believe how stubborn those lunch ladies are and how they don't give a rat's behind about the ingredients in the processed stuff they serve. They are not cooks, they heat up processed stuff bought in bulk from Sam's Club. I would never want my kids to even touch such things. Well, that town being in WV I'd be homeschooling anyways (since we don't do vaccines).

I find the nutrition guidelines from the agriculture ministry or whatever it was who dictates what has to be in the lunch menus hideous, outdated, horrible. Two servings of bread have to be there per lunch???? No wonder kiddos are obese. And what kind of bread? They don't care. They give them cheese pizza and hamburger buns. Bon appetit. They are feeding the kids to death, literally.

I'm anxious to see what will happen in that town. I really hope he'll change things and that no school ever will serve such atrocities again. YUCKY.
post #15 of 247
I just watched it and loved it. I'll be watching again on Friday. I guess I'm not surprised at what was served, but the resistance he received was astounding!
post #16 of 247
Yeah, those lunch ladies ("cooks") seemed super resistant to change. Don't they care that they are in fact responsible for feeding all those children? I mean, sure, they don't choose the menu, etc., but they literally prepare and serve that crap food to the students every day. You'd think they want to do better! And why don't they have a registered dietitian consulting with the head of the nutrition dept.? I can't imagine how they can justify the foods they serve... even though I know many school districts offer similar garbage every day.
post #17 of 247
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Originally Posted by Drummer's Wife View Post
Yeah, those lunch ladies ("cooks") seemed super resistant to change. Don't they care that they are in fact responsible for feeding all those children? I mean, sure, they don't choose the menu, etc., but they literally prepare and serve that crap food to the students every day. You'd think they want to do better! And why don't they have a registered dietitian consulting with the head of the nutrition dept.? I can't imagine how they can justify the foods they serve... even though I know many school districts offer similar garbage every day.
I believe they are just ignorant to how bad this food really is.

I watched ... I was nearly in tears. I LOVED it (and hated the bad food all at the same time).

I was yelling at the tv when they said they needed "2 breads" AHHHHH!!! Our food pyramid is so messed up!!!
post #18 of 247
oooh i love jamie oliver, hes done really well over here (uk) with his school dinners but on the show there were mums pushing burgers and fish and chips through the school gates because they didnt want their children eating what he was making!

the problem with school dinners is that it was invented to feed poor children and because it was their only proper meal in the day it was heavy and filling, and that hadnt changed

i have friends that give their children what i would consider to be a snack at night because they get a meal at school ds gets a cooked meal at home as well.
post #19 of 247
I watched and loved it and will be watching again.

I did feel a lot of sympathy for the lunch ladies though. My DH is from a pretty rural area and while a lot of the people garden and eat what they grow they also just don't know why processed food is bad. They really don't see that much difference , aside from convenience, between real mashed potatoes and processed pearl things.

Did you notice that Alice kept pointing out that the 1st ingredient was whatever the processed food was supposed to be? In her mind that means that the food is chicken or potatoes with just a few things added that make it easier to fix for 450 kids at a time.

The lunch ladies have been feeding these kids this type of food for years and they're following all the rules the government set out for "healthy" school lunches. And now someone, a fancy TV chef from a whole other country no less, is coming in and telling them they've been doing a bad job and that they're making the kids they serve unhealthy and that the food they prepare is crap. That can't be easy to hear, especially when you read in the paper that the guy telling you all these things thinks you're foolish and ignorant.

Hopefully with some education and persistence Jamie can get them on his side because they could be powerful advocates for the kids they serve.


The USDA requirements made me a bit crazy too. Poor Jamie looked shell shocked after his meeting w/ the lady in charge of food for the county.
post #20 of 247
I watched. I really like him. His belief in simple, good and healthy food is right on. He's down to earth and not self righteous. The USDA is just stupid and unhealthy and all the red tape involved with simply trying to feed kids better in school is maddening. You could tell he had no idea what he was up against on a bureaucratic level or personal level.
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