I really like Jamie Oliver and not just because he makes cooking awesome food look so easy and has great recipe books – he seems like a really good guy trying his best to make changes in society that will improve the lives of ordinary people. He has tried a few challenging projects in the UK – namely Fifteen, his restaurant which attempted to teach teens off the street how to become chefs and the controversial school dinners project. Both of these processes were documented and I enjoyed watching them – they showed the highs and lows of life as a celeb chef.
I also read the book published by his wife, Jools Oliver, and she seems like a really down-to-earth mom trying her best under the circumstances. (Ok so financial hardship is not going to be one of them!) They seem like a great family – except maybe for their name choices – seriously are Poppy Honey, Daisy Boo, Petal and Buddy Bear (the much longed for baby boy!) decent names to take into adulthood???
Anyway back to Jamie – his latest project has been to take his obsession with good, wholesome food to the USA. Not an easy task. The capital of childhood obesity in Virginia did not take kindly to his replacing their standard carbohydrate, deep-fried fare with vegetables… Visit Jamie’s Food Revolution to learn more about this project. To buy the book click here.
Here is a great talk by Jamie for TED which is a must watch for all parents of young children… and anyone interested in health actually.