Message from Jamie
Hi Guys, Jamie here – what an amazing day last Friday was! I just wanted to share with you what we all achieved together on Food Revolution Day. Some numbers are still being crunched, but we already know it was bigger and better than last year, with over 1,200 events, in more than 70+ countries and 620+ cities around the world! I don’t need to tell you how absolutely incredible that is – it's a phenomenal response .
The Food Rev team are still busy pulling together the thousands of images and videos and posting these up, but you can take a look at just some of the brilliant things that went on here: http://pinterest.com/FoodRevolution/food-revolution-day-2013/. The stories and pictures coming through of what people got up to on the day are super inspiring and really prove that we're doing a great, important thing and, most excitingly, that people do want change. Hopefully you saw how bonkers all the social media channels went. There was such a buzz and we had famous faces such as Oprah, Russell Brand and Matthew McConaughey all tweeting their support. Using Thunderclap we reached 6 million people and just one post from Instagram got almost 300,000 likes. Everyone went mad for it.
However, what really impressed me this year was how you all embraced Food Revolution Day and got involved to make sure it was a huge success. I have said for some time now that the foundation is at the heart of everything we do. I asked you all to get involved, spread the word, get your mates involved and help out, and you did – from the food trucks in the US serving thousands of meals, to our partners in Australia hosting events in over 90 Good Guys stores! From all of those who helped bring the street party outside Fifteen London to life, to all the waiters, chefs and managers spreading the love in restaurants all over the world. From all those in the MOF centres who hosted amazing events, to all of you that went mad on social media. There are too many things to list on this email, but whatever you did to help and support – big or small – thank you from the bottom of my heart. We couldn’t have done it without you.
I truly believe we have something really special here guys, and it’s something we can build on over the next few years to make a real difference. You're the reason we've got to this point, and for that I couldn't be more grateful. Thank you.
Here's to #FRD2014!
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What is the Ministry of Food?
The campaign, led by TV chef Jamie Oliver, is modelled on the Ministry of Food, set up during the war to ensure the population did not go hungry and could eat healthily on scarce rations.
Today's diet-related problems aren't linked to a shortage of food, but are serious in a very different way.
Research shows that people who cook are generally healthier than those who don't, and the campaign aims to teach people the skills to be able to make healthier lifestyle choices.
Bradford’s Ministry of Food is a centre where community groups and local people can get hands on cooking experience and friendly advice on recipes, ingredients shopping, nutrition, equipment, local and seasonal food, and how to make tasty simple meals on a tight budget.
The centre also acts as a hub for the ‘Pass It On’ movement in the Bradford district.
What is ‘Pass It On’?
Pass It On aims to inspire people who have never cooked to give it a try and then, once they’ve learned the recipes, to teach two other people how to make it too.
Pass It On is all about people sharing their cooking skills with each other in order to get everyone making tasty meals with fresh ingredients again.
This is important because knowing how to cook will be really good not only for your health, but also the future health of the nation.
What can Ministry of Food offer me?
- Learn the skills that will enable you to cook quick, healthy and cost effective meals for yourself and your family.
- Courses will teach you the basic cooking skills – chopping, frying, roasting, baking – and introduce a range of fresh ingredients from raw fish and meat to herbs, spices and seasonal fruit and vegetables.
- Gain knowledge about nutrition, food hygiene and healthier cooking techniques.
- Increase your confidence in a fun, ‘no pressure’ environment.
Increase your knowledge of local suppliers and produce, and be encouraged to grow your own produce.
- Courses are led by professionally qualified staff, trained to teach the course by Jamie Oliver’s food team.
- The centre is in a city centre location and has high quality, modern domestic kitchen facilities. You’ll find it at 29 John Street (on the outside of the Oastler Centre).
The centre is open five days a week:
- Mondays 9.30am to 7.00pm
- Tuesdays 10.00am to 3.00pm
- Wednesdays 9.30am to 5pm
- Thursdays 9.30am to 7.00pm
- Friday 9.30am - 3.00pm
The courses last for just over 1 hour and runs for 8 weeks. Each week you will make a lovely healthy meal to enjoy!
The cost is £5 per person per class.
There are cookery groups for parents with children, students and young adults, young families, disabled people, charity organisations, cultural community groups, and the general public.
Also we are very interested in getting involved with community projects, galas, & fun days etc.
Places are limited. To join a course you need to pre-book.
For more information please call 01274 435279 or call in and speak to a member of our team at the Ministry of Food Centre,29 John Street, Bradford, BD1 3JS or contact alternatively complete the registration form
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Jamie’s Ministry of Food is supported by Bradford Markets -
Lisa runs with the Olympic Torch 20th of June in Thirsk
We went to see Lisa in Thirsk early Wednesday morning, luckily the sun was shining.
Thank you everyone for your support!
When the Worth Valley Young Farmers came to cook at the Centre
It was a bit of a squeeze! Visit Jamie's website to find more details