Mandurah to host Jamie’s Ministry of Food WA Mobile Kitchen

  • 2 Oct 2017
  • WA
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Mandurah will be the next location for Jamie's Ministry of Food West Australian mobile kitchen. 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. While in Mandurah, the Mobile Kitchen will also be supported by Shape Mandurah.

 

The kitchen classroom on wheels will be based at Brighton Hotel Carpark, 1 Barracks Lane - Barracks Square for five weeks from Monday 20th November 2017. Courses run six days per week including weekends and evenings to allow access for more people.

An innovative, community based cooking program, 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. 

Shape Mandurah is excited to be able to bring Jamie's Ministry of food Mobile Kitchen to Mandurah. Shape Mandurah's goal is to activate city spaces and engage with the community, and by the mobile kitchen coming to Mandurah, not only are these objectives met, but we have a real opportunity to help residents feel connected through learning, participating and eating! Shape Mandurah is excited as to what surrounding projects and ideas will come from this initiative, with a community garden being high on the list and a perfect follow on from the education people will receive about healthy eating and lifestyle.

Jamie's Ministry of Food 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. ECU researchers are extending these findings by 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, "The Ministry of Food program has been embraced by each of the communities it has visited across WA and we're really excited that it's now Mandurah's turn. ECU is looking forward to helping bring a range of benefits to the city, including prevention of chronic disease through healthier eating as well as developing social connections and social inclusion that builds individuals' confidence and, in turn, strengthens communities."

While in Mandurah, 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.

Felicia Mariani, CEO of The Good Foundation and Jamie's Ministry of Food Australia says of the program, "Our program inspires and empowers people to change the way they and their families eat, and how they think about food. Knowing that our program works, we're thrilled to visit Mandurah to help change the food habits of local residents."

Where is the Mobile Kitchen located? Brighton Hotel Carpark - Barracks Square, 1 Barracks Lane, Mandurah WA 6210

When do classes begin? Monday 20th November 2017

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? 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

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