Jamie Oliver Interview - JustJared.com Exclusive!
Jamie Oliver proudly displays his JJ coasters while down in Miami for the Food Network Wine and Food Festival.
The 35-year-old chef recently say down with JustJared.com to chat about the return of his show, Food Revolution, his lifelong dream of being a carpenter and all of the work he’s been doing to help change the school food systems in the U.S., England and Australia!
Tune in for a new episode of Food Revolution THIS FRIDAY June 3rd on ABC!
JJ: How’s the Sobe Food Festival treating you?
JO: It’s great! Miami is beautiful and I’ll be cooking for the BBQ a little later!
JJ: So Food Revolution is coming back – What can you tell us about it?
JO: It’s an animal! We’ll have kitchens set up for classes for kids and their parents! We’ve been working in Los Angeles and then we’ll open two more in England and 15 more in Australia. We have a lot going on! The public has been amazing and the energy is good. We wanted to focus on LA because if you can create a movement there – it often swells around the whole country – and then the world! LA feeds about 670,000 meals a day and we wanted to make a difference.
Click inside for Just Jared‘s exclusive interview with Jamie…
JJ: What was your main inspiration for wanting to make these changes?
JO: Well, I have four kids and eventually it was very self-perpetuating. I’ve spent so much time on recipe testing and it’s important to keep it simple. Recipes are so important to me because if people go out and spend $50 on a cookbook and they don’t work out – they are really pissed! So I take that very seriously. Trust is an important thing with the public and helping to get a billion dollars of new money injected into the school food system of England was tremendous.
JJ: Who other things did you accomplish in England?
JO: We had junk banned in schools and in vending machines and that was amazing. Helping set up standard for children’s food in school was very important.
JJ: What are your thoughts on how things are going in the U.S?
JO: I have total faith in the American public! I really, really do. A lot of people are gloomy about the future but I actually think that if parents and the public vocalize their opinions, a lot will get done! If you don’t care about kid’s foods at schools, you should leave the country!
JJ: If you weren’t doing what you’re doing now, what profession would you have pursued?
JO: I would definitely be a carpenter!
JJ: If you could leave one message to your kids – what would that be?
JO: If you read the back of packages of food for the rest of your life and you don’t understand the crazy things in it – don’t buy it! Don’t eat it!