Jamie Oliver: Chef, activist
Jamie Oliver is transforming the way we feed ourselves, and our children.
Why you should listen to him:
'Jamie Oliver has been drawn to the kitchen since he was a child working in his father's pub-restaurant. He showed not only a precocious culinary talent but also a passion for creating (and talking about) fresh, honest, delicious food. In the past decade, the shaggy-haired "Naked Chef" of late-'90s BBC2 has built a worldwide media conglomerate of TV shows, books, cookware and magazines, all based on a formula of simple, unpretentious food that invites everyone to get busy in the kitchen. And as much as his cooking is generous, so is his business model -- his Fifteen Foundation, for instance, trains young chefs from challenged backgrounds to run four of his restaurants.'
'Now, Oliver is using his fame and charm to bring attention to the changes that Brits and Americans need to make in their lifestyles and diet. Campaigns such as Jamie's School Dinner, Ministry of Food and Food Revolution USA combine Oliver’s culinary tools, cookbooks and television, with serious activism and community organizing -- to create change on both the individual and governmental level.'
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Editor's Note: We agree with Jamie's core message that it's imperative to teach children about real food and about how to cook real food. However, we think factory milk is toxic regardless of sugar content and it's absurd to pressure the fast food industry into promoting healthy food. It's an oxymoron.
Nevertheless, we think Jamie's basic premise is sound even though some of his strategies are questionable and his nutritional perspective can border on superficial. On the other hand, his presentation, is geared to the uninitiated -- those who are still eating fake food that includes: fast food, and grocery store, factory produced, chemically laced food that's rich in toxins and nutritionally depleted. We applaud Jamie's sincere effort in trying to lift people out of the corrupt, disease producing, corporate, non-food matrix via education and inspiration. We look forward to hearing more from Jamie Oliver and his Food Revolution! The 'Revolution' is in the kitchen! Plant an organic garden and start cooking.