Brisbane to host Jamie Oliver’s home cooking program

  • 1 Nov 2017
  • QLD
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Jamie's Ministry of Food Queensland Mobile Kitchen will next visit Mount Gravatt, following its time in Nerang. The kitchen classroom on wheels will be setting up at Mount Gravatt Showgrounds from Thursday November 16. 

Bookings are open now via www.jamiesministryoffood.com.au. Queensland Health supports the delivery of the program throughout Queensland and while in Mount Gravatt the program is also supported locally by Brisbane City Council.

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As the 22nd location since it commenced its travels around Queensland in 2012, Jamie's Ministry of Food Queensland Mobile Kitchen will run two cycles of the five week basic cooking skills course with classes running throughout week days, evenings and weekends (5 week cycles running either side of the Christmas/New Year period).

The home cooking program includes Jamie's hints, tips and shortcuts for preparing healthy food from scratch using fresh ingredients which is of particular importance with less than 7% of Queenslanders eating the recommended daily serve of vegetables[1]

Queensland's Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeannette Young, said the Mobile Kitchen was a great way to give Queenslanders tangible skills and knowledge to help improve their lifestyles.

"With two thirds of adults and one-quarter of children in Queensland either overweight or obese it's vital that we improve everyone's understanding when it comes to food and cooking," said Dr Young.

"We want to see as many Queenslanders as possible living a healthy lifestyle which is why initiatives like the Mobile Kitchen and our Healthier. Happier campaigns are important. Healthier. Happier provides Queenslanders with nutritional advice, recipes and exercise tools via an interactive website.

"Healthy lifestyle changes don't have to be hard or expensive - these programs help give families the tools and knowledge to take simple, yet significant, steps towards a healthy change," Dr Young said.

Based on Jamie Oliver's beliefs about cooking and the associated impact on healthy living, the basic home cooking course will deliver hands-on cooking classes led by a team of dedicated Food Trainers and local volunteers and covers information on ingredients, shopping, budgeting, meal planning and food preparation for basic cooking.

The program aims to inspire people to get back to basics in the kitchen. It's about teaching people to start cooking for themselves again by equipping them with some simple skills and knowledge to do so. The program inspires and empowers change in the way they and their families eat, and how they think about food.

Jamie's Ministry of Food Australia is delivered by The Good Foundation throughout Australia. Queensland Health provides funding to support the delivery of the program throughout Queensland and the Mobile Kitchen is also supported by Stockland. 

Jamie's Ministry of Food Australia has been proven to work. A comprehensive 3.5 year evaluation funded by Queensland Health and conducted by Deakin University and University of Melbourne showed that participants who complete the cooking course purchased and consumed more vegetables, were more confident in cooking meals from scratch and spent less on take away foods. 

Aside from being a practical solution to the problems associated with diet-related disease, Jamie's Ministry of Food program is a fun community focused educational activity which equips people with simple food knowledge to help them eat better and improve their health and wellbeing.

Who can take the course? People aged 12 years and over

How long is the course? One 90 minute class per week for five weeks

How much does it cost? Classes cost $20 per session, $15 for student card holders and $10 for concession.

When do bookings open? Bookings are open now via www.jamiesministryoffood.com

Who do I contact to become a volunteer? E-mail volunteer@thegoodfoundation.com.au

Location Address Mt Gravatt Showgrounds, 1644 Logan Rd, Mount Gravatt QLD 4122. Enter off Logan Rd.

The Good Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation which has partnered with Jamie Oliver and Fresh Food partner, Woolworths to deliver Jamie's Ministry of Food throughout Australia. Queensland Health has committed funding to The Good Foundation to support the delivery of the program in Queensland. Stockland is a local partner of Jamie's Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen program in Queensland. The Good Guys, founding partner of Jamie's Ministry of Food Australia, is proud to support the program which is helping to build healthier and happier communities.

For Jamie's Ministry of Food media enquiries contact: 

Camilla Speirs m: 0409 359 339 e: camillaspeirs@thegoodfoundation.com.au Or Erin Brissett p: 03 9282 9106 e: erinbrissett@thegoodfoundation.com.au

For Queensland Health media enquiries contact: 

p: (07) 3234 1439 e: news@health.qld.gov.au

 

[1] Queensland Health The Health of Queenslanders 2016: Sixth Report of the Chief Health Officer Queensland, Queensland Government (2014) at 66

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