School holidays classes launch at Jamie's Ministry of Food Noarlunga kitchen

  • 8 Mar 2016
  • School Holiday Program
  • SA
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Offering the perfect solution for how to fill the school holidays, Jamie's Ministry of Food will for the first time run a school holidays program, running from 19 - 22 April and 26 - 29 April 2016 at the pop up kitchen in Noarlunga.

Kids and adults love him for his humour and enthusiasm alike and Jamie's love of food and passion for educating kids about the benefits of fresh food, is apparent throughout his basic home cooking skills program. Jamie's Ministry of Food is an innovative, community based cooking program based on Jamie Oliver's beliefs around the associated benefits of cooking fresh food from scratch. Passing on Jamie's hints, tips and cooking shortcuts, the school holiday program will teach a variety of basic cooking skills including chopping, knife skills and nutritional information. Learning how to better understand food labels, along with tips on how to create healthy snacks has never been delivered in such an entertaining way.

Jamie Oliver says, "It has never been more important than now to teach kids and teenagers to cook nutritious food for themselves. I believe cooking is a life skill that everyone should have access to as good nutrition leads to better long term health. And most of all, it can be a lot of fun."

Making basic cooking education fun and engaging, the addition of the school holidays cooking classes, offers an entertaining and fun way for young people to be educated about food, how to prepare it and how it affects their health.

Aimed at people 12 - 18 years of age, Jamie's Ministry of Food School Holiday classes teach the same skills as the ongoing program but in a condensed period of time allowing participants to complete the course over the school holiday period. The classes will be led by a team of dedicated food trainers with the support of local volunteers.

Jamie's Ministry of Food School Holiday program is comprised of four 3.5 hour sessions, over four days with up to 12 participants in each class. There will be two cycles of the school holidays cooking course at the Ipswich Kitchen and bookings are open now and can made by visiting

The recent ABS National Health Survey 2014-15 reported an increase in obesity with 63.4% of Australian adults and around one in four children aged 5-17 overweight or obese. Other alarming statistics show that less than 1 in 3 (30%) of children aged 5-14 meet the daily fruit and vegetable consumption recommendations. And when looking to the future, obese children in Australia have a 25 to 50% chance of becoming obese adults.

Jamie's Ministry of Food Australia has been proven to work. An evaluation, conducted by Deakin University and University of Melbourne showed that participants gained new cooking skills and food knowledge, were more confident to cook meals from scratch, increased their vegetable intake and spent less on take away foods. (Full report available at

Jamie's Ministry of Food School Holiday cooking courses cost: $80 for students 12 - 16 years old, $120 for students 16+ and $160 for adults.

Jamie's Ministry of Food, delivered by The Good Foundation, 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.

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.

Colonnades is a major partner of Jamie's Ministry of Food pop up Kitchen in Noarlunga, with support from local government partner, City of Onkaparinga.

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.

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