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Jamie's School Dinners... [Mar. 9th, 2005|10:25 pm]
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We've been watching Jamie's School Dinners.

I cannot stop myself from admiring Jamie Oliver more and more every time I see him at work. From Fifteen to this latest project of his, I see him giving more and more to the betterment of food, to the detriment of his own health, sanity and family life. Whilst I can't condone him letting his own wellbeing suffer to the benefit of others, you cannot help but admire the effort that he is putting into pretty much everything he does.

But it does raise an interesting question about kids and food. As Jamie himself, I can't help but be angered by the kids' response to the real food that he is trying to put into schools. When I was at school, we had proper school meals, with little or no 'processed' junk. We didn't have the option of pizza and chips... we had cottage pie, spagbol, semolina (which I loved to bits!). And yet, when I went to 6th form, there was just chips, crap pizza, crap pie, deep-fried crap and crap -on-a-stick.

Why are kids being allowed to believe that this kind of food is good for them? And yet, they feign vomiting when presented with good healthy food, probably because there isn't enough fat dripping off it.

The kind of crap that they are serving in schools should be once-a-week at the *most*, and not the staple diet of our future generations.

Even though I'm not a parent, I fully support Jamie's Feed Me Better campaign, and have signed the online petition. If nothing else, please visit the website.
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From: xoxdragonfaexox
2005-03-09 10:33 pm (UTC)
Mmm Semolina :) Good on you for sticking up for Jamie He deserves a medal.
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[User Picture]From: bnb
2005-03-09 10:54 pm (UTC)
Aye, although watching the program I do wonder if he might have been better taking things a little more slowly!
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[User Picture]From: oblivious
2005-03-09 11:04 pm (UTC)
I've been appalled watching the reactions of the kids to the food, particularly tonight! I can't believe the majority refused to even try things, I was certainly raised to at least try something whether I ever ate it afterwards again or not.

I think he's done a great job despite the parents he described who were delivering their children mcdonalds at lunchtime!

I also think he's really sweet with his little girl :D
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[User Picture]From: tean
2005-03-10 11:24 am (UTC)
Signed.

Though I'm not surprised all kids eat is junk at schools. Veg which has been sat in a pan for two hours is horrible... but I doubt as we will ever see food cooked to order in schools. The real question maybe is, are we prepared to pay more for school meals?
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[User Picture]From: stainsteelrat
2005-03-10 08:16 pm (UTC)
Oliver's OK, but I do wish he had more modesty at times...
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