If you are part of a community or corporate organisation, you can make a group booking by contacting the centres directly. The maximum number of people able to attend any one class is 12. Contact details for centres below:
Ipswich, Queensland: 07 3281 0340
Geelong, Victoria: 0428 024 719
Mobile Kitchen Queensland: 0438 013 568
Jamie's Ministry of Food Ipswich
d'Arcy Doyle Place (between Limestone and Business St)
Jamie's Ministry of Food does not offer child minding services. Children under 12 cannot be in the centre while a class is running for safety reasons.
Does a carer have to pay?
*A carer is defined as a disability support worker
We encourage carers to be enrolled and cooking alongside the individual they are supporting. This encourages independence amongst participants and the carer learns new skills.
A participating carer is defined as having their own set of ingredients to cook with and is able to cook alongside their client (concession rates apply for carers). If the carer is not participating in the class there is no charge.
The same carer must attend all classes in the course for health and safety purposes. It is preferable for a person with special needs to arrive 15 minutes before the first class to ensure the Jamie's Ministry of Food trainers have adequate time to discuss any issues that may arise for the participant during the course.
To determine if a carer is required, the centre will contact participants and perform a skills assessment form prior to the class starting.
You can use a valid gift voucher as payment for a course through the online bookings website. You can also drop into a centre with your valid gift voucher where you will be provided with a range of class options to book into. Mobile kitchens do not sell or redeem gift vouchers.
How much does a course cost and how do I pay?
The course costs $30 per class for full fee, $15 per class for students and $10 per class for a valid concession card holder. The total cost of the course is the cost per class multiplied by the number of weeks in the course. You can pay online using a credit card or PayPal. If you want to pay cash for a course, you may do so in the centres.
We define you as Concession if you hold one of the following:
Health Care Card
Health Benefit Card
Centrelink or Veterans Affairs Pensioner Cards
Asylum Seeker Concession Card
Centrelink Digital Wallet
Or if you are:
Aged 70 or over
Classified as a War Widow by Veterans Affairs
We define you as Student if you do not meet the above criteria but hold one of the following:
Student Transport Concession Card
International Student Identity Card
Student ID Card
We define you as Full Fee if you do not meet any of the above criteria.
What do I do if I have a food allergy or dietary requirement?
If you have a food allergy, please contact the centre when you book into a course. Our course is designed to introduce a broad range of cooking skills. We do not have the resources to adapt recipes to individual requirements. Given our course fee is already heavily subsidised we are unable to provide special ingredients to accommodate specific needs.
Please mention any requirements to your Food Trainer when you receive your reminder call the week before class commencement or alternatively in your first class. In most cases you are more than welcome to bring a substitute ingredient. The Food Trainer will discuss the recipe before each class and talk about what you could bring in.
Our produce is not halal certified. If you require halal meat, you can bring it to class on the day for your personal use.
What if I don't like what is cooked?
The recipes taught throughout the course are designed to offer participants the chance to increase their cooking skills while learning key nutritional information. Each recipe has been specifically selected to introduce a new core skill each class. We also hope to teach all participants to cook with new ingredients and develop their palate. We encourage our participants to try everything once!
Will Jamie be there or be teaching the class?
Unfortunately no, but we are thrilled to be able to continue his work, teach his recipes, hints, and shortcuts to cooking delicious and healthy meals from scratch. He has visited all our centres and has met our teams and all our Food Trainers are trained to deliver the program in the unique Jamie style.