Jamie Oliver's home cooking course to visit Cairns for first time

  • 23 May 2016
  • QLD
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Jamie's Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen is set to visit Cairns for the first time. Cairns will be the sixteenth Queensland stop for the kitchen classroom on wheels. Following huge success in previous locations, the Mobile Kitchen will be in Cairns from 21st July for ten weeks, located at Stockland Cairns. 

Local residents will have the opportunity to access and participate in an innovative, community based cooking program built on Jamie's beliefs about cooking and the associated impact on healthy living.

Classes begin on Thursday 21st July, concluding in September. While in Cairns, Jamie's Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen will deliver two cycles of the five-week cooking course to the local community. With classes running from Monday through to Saturday each week there are a variety of times available with up to four classes held each day. Bookings open on 25 May, 2016.

The Mobile Kitchen program offers a five-week cooking course, comprising one 90-minute cooking class per week with up to 12 participants in each class. The mobile home cooking course will deliver hands-on basic cooking classes led by a team of dedicated Food Trainers and local volunteers.

Jamie's Ministry of Food Australia is delivered by The Good Foundation and supported by funding from Queensland Health and in partnership with Stockland while in Cairns.

Andrew Provan, Stockland Cairns Centre Manager said: "We are thrilled to be a part of this positive program , bringing Jamie's Ministry of Food to the community of Cairns. At Stockland Cairns we know the importance of a diverse fresh food offering and continually strive to deliver more for families in the area. Stockland always strives to create a better way to live and we see our shopping centres and the communities that surround our centres as an important part of living this ethos. We see this new initiative with The Good Foundation as a perfect example of this objective for the local community in the way that we can work together to encourage more people to embrace cooking skills and healthy eating habits."

Jamie's Ministry of Food Australia has been proven to work. A comprehensive evaluation, funded by Queensland Health and conducted by Deakin University and University of Melbourne, showed that participants who complete the cooking course, gained new cooking skills and food knowledge, were more confident in cooking meals from scratch, purchased and consumed more vegetables and spent less on take away foods. The program also had some flow on benefits in bringing families together to the share a meal around the table. The research showed these behaviour changes were sustained 6 months after completing the course.

The program includes Jamie's hints, tips and shortcuts for preparing food from scratch using fresh ingredients which is of particular importance with only 9% of adults and 6% of children in Queensland consuming the recommended vegetable serves daily.

"Our program is a fun and engaging program that fosters a sense of community and social connectedness while teaching people how to incorporate more fresh food into their diets.

"Cooking is a life skill which should be accessible to all and our visit to Cairns means more Queenslanders will have the opportunity to benefit from Jamie's basic home cooking program," said Elise Bennetts, CEO, Jamie's Ministry of Food Australia and The Good Foundation.

Jamie's Ministry of Food is a practical solution to the problems associated with diet-related disease. The program aims to inspire people to get back to basics in the kitchen. It's about teaching people to start cooking for themselves and equipping them with some simple skills and knowledge. 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 relies on local volunteers to assist in running the program and welcomes local residents to sign up to be a part of the team. For additional information on how to become a volunteer, please send an email expressing your interest to volunteer@thegoodfoundation.com.au

Jamie's Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen will be located at:

Stockland Cairns, 537 Mulgrave Road, Earlville, QLD 4870 (North End outside Food Court,)

Classes cost $20 per session, $15 for student card holders and $10 for concession. Bookings are open now and can be booked through www.jamiesministryoffood.com

The Good Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation which has partnered with Jamie Oliver and principal 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 state wide in Queensland Stockland has commenced a local partnership with Jamie's Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen program in Queensland. 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 please contact:

Renee Truscott m: 0438.013 568 e: reneetruscott@thegoodfoundation.com.au

For Queensland Health media enquiries please contact:

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

For Stockland media enquiries, please contact:

Monique Jones: p: 0438 995 791 e: monique.jones@stockland.com.au

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