Quickly! Lock your treats cupboards, gorge on Tofutti, hide your sugary valuables! Jamie Oliver is coming to town and he’s taking no prisoners!
What am I rambling about? Celebrity chef, vegetarian cookbook author, and food activist, Jamie Oliver is kicking off the second season of his hit show, Food Revolution, tomorrow, Jan. 12th in Los Angeles.
Okay, so obviously Oliver’s presence in my city is a great thing! He has been on a mission for the past 5 years to get everyone eating healthier— his “Feed Me Better” campaign led the British government to add $1 billion to the school lunch budget, and his “Food Revolution” campaign helped to pass the “Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act” of 2010.
Now the city of angels time has come, and the event is taking place at Jamie ‘s Kitchen in Westwood, CA.
The goal— as was last years in Huntington, West Virginia— is to help families switch from processed food at school and home to freshly made meals with natural ingredients. Wouldn’t that be nice? Not only does the Emmy award winning chef work directly with schools to change the lunch options, but he also opens up a kitchen to teach the community he’s in how to prepare healthy meals. In Huntington, the kitchen Oliver opened there remains available today, and has become the gathering place of a revitalized downtown center.
The plan is for Jamie’s Kitchen in Westwood to become his home base for the “Food Revolution” in Los Angeles, and hopefully to continue on long after he leaves. In an effort to combat obesity, the Kitchen will show families how to affordably re-create meals that use local and fresh ingredients only.
In 2009 Oliver was awarded a TED for his efforts to eradicate childhood obesity, and he has made an effort to reduce his carbon footprint as he travels the country by donating to projects that utilize solar and wind power.
This is such a great opportunity for the country’s second largest city! Los Angeles, let’s get our healthy eating on!
If you’d like to attend the grand opening event, here’s where to go:
Jamie’s Kitchen, 1038 Westwood Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA.