Jamie's Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen to launch in Western Australia
- 26 Nov 2015
Jamie's Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen, an innovative, community based cooking program, is heading to Western Australia for the first time to teach Jamie's hints, tips and basic home cooking skill shortcuts. In a three year partnership with Edith Cowan University, the kitchen classroom on wheels will make its first stop at ECU's Joondalup Campus with classes starting from March 2016 and additional locations to be announced.
Jamie Oliver considers the Ministry of Food to be the most important campaign he has ever worked on. It is all about keeping cooking skills alive. Eating a balanced diet plays a big part in helping maintain health and wellbeing and there is growing evidence that knowing how to cook from scratch can have an extremely beneficial effect on long-term eating habits.
"I'm so excited for my Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen to be able to reach all you lovely people in Western Australia. Ever since we opened in Australia the goal has been to reach Aussies in every state and I know people are going to love learning how to cook with all that great fresh Australian produce," said Jamie Oliver.
Research shows that only 1 in 10 of Western Australian residents eat the recommended daily serves of fruit and vegetables and 66.6% of adults are overweight or obese.
Over the course of the partnership, Jamie's Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen will visit ECU's campuses. Additionally, the Mobile Kitchen will make various community visits including plans to work with Aboriginal communities - locations to be announced. While on the ECU campus, Jamie's Ministry of Food will deliver the successful home cooking course to students, staff and the local community running from Monday through to Saturday each week. The Mobile Kitchen will be on the Joondalup Campus for fourteen weeks before moving to its next location.
The Mobile Kitchen program offers a 7 week cooking course, comprising one 90-minute cooking class per week with up to 12 participants in each class. Jamie's Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen will deliver hands-on basic cooking classes led by a team of dedicated Food Trainers. While at ECU, Jamie's Ministry of Food will run with the support of ECU students, interns and volunteers.
"ECU is supporting this program because we believe in making our communities healthier, more sustainable and prosperous. We are also excited about the industry experience and research opportunities this partnership offers our students and staff," said ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman.
Acting CEO of Jamie's Ministry of Food Australia, Elise Bennetts believes Jamie's Ministry of Food will benefit the health of Western Australians by teaching people to cook from scratch.
"The program includes Jamie's hints, tips and shortcuts for preparing home cooked meals with fresh ingredients which is of particular importance given about one-quarter of all deaths in Australia are the result of diet related disease." said Elise Bennetts, Acting CEO, Jamie's Ministry of Food Australia and The Good Foundation.
Jamie's Ministry of Food Australia has been proven to work. A comprehensive evaluation, 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.
Jamie's Ministry of Food, delivered by The Good Foundation, is an innovative, community based cooking program built on Jamie's beliefs about cooking and the associated impact on healthy living. A fun and engaging program that fosters a sense of community and social connectedness, the program achieves measurable health and wellbeing outcomes for participants by inspiring and empowering them to change in the way they and their families eat, and how they think about food. Cooking is a life skill which should be accessible to all.
Classes cost $20 per session, $15 for student card holders and $10 for concession. Bookings will open soon and people can register their interest 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.