NEW YORK — Turns out Jamie Oliver’s revolution won’t be televised – at least not from Los Angeles school kitchens.
The second season of the crusading Brit’s healthy eating reality show, “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” started poorly when the city school district barred his cameras, a serious snag for a program that focuses on school lunches. The Los Angeles Unified School District, which previously had a bad experience with an unrelated reality show, more or less treated Oliver as if he was a cast member of “Jersey Shore.”
“I think we swam into a minefield,” Oliver told The Associated Press this week. “I’m really disappointed that I couldn’t get in there at all. I’m disappointed that as public servants, they feel they have the right to not be transparent.”
I have sort of a confession….I love food….all kinds of food.
Not just healthy food…breakfast, lunch and dinner foods….fresh foods, frozen entrees, ice cream, fruits, veggies…meat, fish. I even enjoy fast food.
Chicago is known for its hot dogs…well so is Coney Island, but right now I am closer to Chicago and I love Portillo’s for the best Chicago dog!
But I recognize that it is really not physically responsible for me to eat all the things that I enjoy on a regular basis. So I try to maintain a vegan til 6pm diet. I am also a member of Weight Watchers Online because I need to report to my scale on a regular basis.
I want to be a role model for my kids and I want to teach them healthy eating, healthy cooking without taking away the pleasures of different kinds of food.
So I was dismayed when I read the above news item about Jamie Oliver‘s welcome or should I say, ‘unwelcome’ in Los Angeles.
For those of you who don’t know Jamie, he is a television chef from England who is trying to improve how children eat in school. He exposes the content of foods served in our school systems and tries to offer healthier options.
Los Angeles, for some reason. banned Jamie from visiting their schools. What does this say about the school system’s responsibility to share information?
Oh…I know nothing says they have to let in camera and reality cooking but if it would help…why not?
Maybe. it would make too many parents aware of just how unhealthy school lunches actually are…it may also remind parents that they are paying taxes for their children to be served these not particularly healthy foods.
We studied health in school…so couldn’t healthy eating and learning about it be part of student’s health requirement?
My hope is that Jamie Oliver does his homework and returns to Los Angeles able to visit the schools with his message.
I also hope he uses members of the Hispanic community to help him spread his message in Spanish. Being culturally sensitive is so important if you have an important message and would like it to at least be heard.
Most certainly our children need to learn ways to eat healthier so that they can fight obesity and so they are not doomed to live shorter lives than their parents.