“We need every child to understand where food comes from, how to cook it and how it affects their body. This is about setting kids up with the knowledge they need to make better food choices for life.”
Yes! This is what Food Revolution Day is all about. One fine Friday morning, I found myself at a school in East London, documenting Jamie and his team. Children, teachers and the food team gathered around the tables, making pasta, bread, pizzas and smoothies. All morning, press were in line for Jamie who delivered his message re Food Revolution Day, all the time pitching in with the kids. It was an absolute joy seeing them get involved and learn about food. I truly believe they have taken away from this and hope they will spread the gospel!
After cooking up a storm at the school, we moved on to City Hall for a live online session. More school classes arrived and this time, everyone created a rainbow wrap. I was able to kick back and enjoy this part; it was fun to observe the rehearsal and what was happening behind the scenes. So many souls are involved in the production, so much to organise and think about – respect!
After the show, I got to sample the rainbow wrap, made by Jamie himself and it was DELICIOUS. Obviously.
DO try this at home. What goes in:
1/2 bunch mint
1/2 bunch parsley
5 tbs yoghurt
1/2 tbsp English mustard
3 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
The full recipe can be found here: Rainbow wrap!
Here are some stats of the day, compiled by Jonny Garrett, editor at Jamie Oliver.com. Bearing in mind these are from late in the afternoon of #frd2014 when reports were still coming in, including the United States and Canada:
Over 100 countries got involved, with 4,073 events happening all around the world.
We broke not one, but TWO world records. In Australia Woolworths supermarket SMASHED the record for the biggest single cookery lesson, with more than 2,000 pupils cooking along to a Jamie video. Then Jamie did a live cookery lesson on Youtube for the world to watch. We know 4,000 watched the show and 9,000 schools held lessons, but we’re still waiting on the figure. Fingers crossed we’ll hit 1,000,000!
More than 4,000 cookery classes, dinners, talks and tours took place in 116 countries around the world, run by lovely people who are passionate about fighting obesity.
– We reached 245 million people through social media, spreading the word about good food, healthy eating and the importance of food education.
– Jamie said that countries not demanding cooking lessons for kids by law are committing “child abuse”, and has called on the world for change.
– Jamie has called on the UK government to come outright and say they are fighting obesity.
When will YOU join the revolution?!!