Jamie’s Ministry of Food WA Mobile Kitchen back in Albany by popular demand

  • 27 Nov 2017
  • WA
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Following a sold out visit last December Jamie's Ministry of Food West Australian mobile kitchen will return to Albany for its second visit from January 8th for 7 weeks. The program is delivered by The Good Foundation and supported by Edith Cowan University as part of a three year partnership which provides funding to support the delivery of the program throughout Western Australia.

The cooking class on wheels will again be hosted at the Child and Parent Centre - Mount Lockyer, Humphreys Street in Albany. The program will run from January 8th until February 24th, 2018.

An innovative, community based cooking program, Jamie's Ministry of Food cooking program is based on Jamie's beliefs about cooking and the associated impact on healthy living, the program teaches Jamie's hints, tips and basic home cooking skills in an effort to encourage people to cook from scratch with fresh food. 

ECU researchers are conducting a world first Lifestyle and Biomarker (LAB) Get Connected Study to determine how the program impacts the participant's physical health and well-being. ECU Professor in Public Health Nutrition Amanda Devine said, "This study could potentially demonstrate the benefits of the program, not just related to chronic disease prevention and management, but also its role in achieving greater social inclusion and connectedness, as well as positive mental health and wellbeing."

This is of particular importance given that research shows only 1 in 10 of Western Australian residents eat the recommended daily serves of fruit and vegetables and two-thirds of WA adults are now overweight or obese.

ECU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) Professor Cobie Rudd said "It was great to see Albany embrace the Ministry of Food program when it first visited last year and we're delighted that it's returning early in 2018. ECU is committed to supporting local communities in their fight against chronic disease through healthier eating. This program is also about making connections and fostering social inclusion to ultimately build healthier, happier and more resilient communities."

Jamie's Ministry of Food offers benefits other than cooking. Research shows participants' self-esteem increases after completing the course, in addition to their social connectedness from cooking and eating together with other members of their community.

TFG are excited to be returning to the Albany community after all 18 classes, 215 places, sold out within a week of sale in 2016. While in Albany, Jamie's Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen will deliver hands-on basic cooking classes led by a team of dedicated Food Trainers who will be supported by local volunteers. The course is open to people aged 12 years and over, looking to learn the basics of cooking while having some fun in the kitchen learning Jamie's hints, tips and shortcuts.

Where is the Mobile Kitchen located? Child and Parent Centre - Mount Lockyer, Humphreys Street Albany WA 6330

(Below Mount Lockyer Primary School)

When do classes begin? Monday 8th January 2018 - Saturday 13th January 2018

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

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

When do bookings open? Now via www.jamiesministryoffood.com.au

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. 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. The program is supported by Edith Cowan University in Western Australia.

For Jamie's Ministry of Food media enquiries please contact:

Camilla Speirs m: 0409 359 339 e: camillaspeirs@thegoodfoundation.com.au

Erin Brissett p: 03 9282 9106 e: erinbrissett@thegoodfoundation.com.au

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