ABC has announced that it will air a new series under the banner of Ryan Seacrest Productions featuring UK Chef Jamie Oliver giving healthy makeovers to places around the U.S.
The project came about after Seacrest talked about the poor quality of school lunches on his radio program in Los Angeles and received a huge response. Oliver, who has been working hard to improve kids’ lunches in the UK, had been looking to bring his campaign stateside. The stars aligned, the two met, and a new series was born.
“I couldn’t do what I do in terms of my schedule if I didn’t eat right and exercise right,” Seacrest said. “As a kid I was chubby, and I’m a firm believer that the fuel we put into our body results in a healthy lifestyle. Jamie’s going to come over here, roll up his sleeves and use the resources of each town to help condition living habits to make it a better and healthier place.”
According to Reuters, ABC has ordered six hours of the project from Ryan Seacrest Productions. While the first city has yet to be announced, it’s expected that it will be a location often featured on “fattest cities” lists. Should be interesting to see how successful Oliver is in reducing wastelines. No pun intended, but the guy’s got a huge challenge ahead of him.