I have to say, I have a huge crush on British chef Jamie Oliver. I have watched his cooking shows for years, his passion for food is infectious and that lisp is just adorable!
I have just made a discovery that has cataclysmically increased my love and respect for Jamie Oliver. I stumbled upon Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, a new show set to air on ABC beginning Friday March 26, 2010. Yes, this is another reality show, but this time I think it’s worth it! This show is all about the scary ingredients in food and Jamie’s mission to save us from ourselves. Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution chronicles Jamie’s adventures as he tries to change the eating habits and food choices of one entire town in the US.
Jamie has been on a mission to start a food revolution for some time now, he recently released his 12th cookbook with this mission in mind. Check out Jamie’s Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals Prior to this, Jamie successfully revolutionized the British school lunch program and I hope he gets through to us here at home. I am all about real food as Michael Pollen puts it in his most recent work, Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual.
Check out some of the sneak peaks of Jamie’s Food Revolution here. The footage is quite shocking, he talks about this generation of children as being the first generation that will die before their parents due to their poor diets and the resulting health problems. There is a scene where he actually shows the community how much fat the school ingests in one year. It’s quite disgusting.
It’s extremely important to know what is in your food. Today’s food is not safe on so many levels. It is extremely hard to get away from products containing sugar, MSG, soy, wheat, and corn in some form, harmful “franken fats” like hydrolyzed, hydrogenated, partially hydrogenated, and trans fats. Don’t even get me started on High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), it’s in everything! Most people have no idea what these are or what they will do to you. It’s time to connect the dots between the overwhelming health problems plaguing America and the anti-foods we are consuming in mass quantities. Americans are the fattest people in the world and the most malnutritioned. There’s something wrong here and it’s exciting to see a movement start to emerge with documentaries like Food, Inc. and King Corn gaining in popularity.
I am incredibly excited about this new show! I am excited to see something go mainstream with a public personality as likable as Jamie. I sincerely hope this show catches on and successfully delivers a message of change.