About the
Good foundation

Established in 2010 by successful businessman Andrew Muir, The Good Foundation brings top chef Jamie Oliver’s food education program to Australia. Research has shown that when people are empowered through education about how to cook healthy and nutritious meals at home, they can convert from a dependence on processed foods to cooking from scratch, also resulting in them buying and consuming more vegetables.

Believing strongly that we can change the health and wellness of Australia through healthy and nutritious food, we work closely with communities to run programs across the country. We recently completed a tailored version of the Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food and Learn Your Fruit and Veg programs specifically for the Indigenous communities in the Atherton Tablelands area of QLD. The success and impact of this programme will be leveraged in communities throughout Australia.

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Jamie's Ministry of Food

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The list of health problems caused by poor diet and lack of food knowledge is ever growing for all Australians.

Health experts warn Australia is one of the most obese countries in the world per capita. In 2017-2018, 67% of Australia adults were overweight or obese* (12.5 million people), an increase from 56.3% in 1995**.

Australian children are affected by this health epidemic too, with 1 in 4 children classified overweight or obese*.

Worryingly, these figures are on the rise.

The Good Foundation was established to focus on programs and projects that promote good health and nutrition, with the first priority program being Jamie’s Ministry of Food.

Cooking is an important life skill that empowers people to take control of their lives and health. With the right sort of information and education, anyone can learn to cook.

Where we've been

A Ministry of Food Centre is a place where participants learn basic cookery skills in a friendly, supportive and fun environment. Participants learn practical, hands-on cooking classes that demonstrate how easy and affordable it can be to make simple and nutritious meals from scratch. 

 

Jamie’s Ministry of Food kitchens are located in Queensland and Victoria. We have fixed centre locations and two mobile kitchens that travel to various locations around Australia.

 

For specific location information click here.

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Health experts warn Australia is one of the most obese countries in the world per capita. In 2014-15, 63.4% of Australian adults were overweight or obese (11.2 million people), an increase from 56.3% in 1995*. Australian children have been affected by this health epidemic too, with 1 in 4 children overweight or obese**. These figures are on the rise and we have to act now.

A message from our CEO

The Good Foundation CEO SIOBHAN BOYLEfor

SIOBHAN BOYLE

As the CEO for The Good Foundation working in the organisation for 7 years, I am excited to be leading an organisation that is helping transform the eating habits of Australian communities.

With diet-related disease being one of the biggest killers in Australia, we offer programs that are part of the solution. We aim to educate and empower people through food, equipping them with the skills to keep cooking skills alive and make better food choices for themselves and their families. We look forward to working with like-minded organisations and creating positive change together.

It’s hard to believe, but we’re going backwards. We’re eating the wrong food. And lots of it. We’re compromising the health of our children and their ability to learn, grow, and live a healthy life. Sadly, our kids will be the first generation that will not outlive their parents. To put it simply, we’re killing our kids, and ourselves, with junk and processed food.

The Good Foundation, via Jamie’s Ministry of Food and Jamie Oliver’s Learn Your Fruit & Veg, is aiming to change this. We have the ability to help empower, inspire and transform communities to be healthier through our back-to-basics cooking programs, supported by healthier partnerships. Future generations will have these skills passed down and together we can help reverse the current trend in obesity and diet-related disease.

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BOARD

The Good Foundation Chairman Chris Doss
The Good Foundation Chairman Chris Doss

CHRIS DODD, CHAIRMAN

Chris is a senior partner at PWC and has over 30 years of accounting and finance experience. Chris consults to clients in the ASX100 across Resources, Infrastructure, Health and many other industries.

 

He spent two years working in the UK and shorter stints in Asia and Africa. Chris is married to Bernadette with five lovely and mostly teenage daughters – motivation for his interest in healthy food habits and quality female education.

 

As the Chairman of a food-related Foundation it comes in handy that he was a partner at an inner-city Melbourne restaurant for 8 years, and loves to eat and experiment with food. He is also a board member of Hudson Medical Research Institute, Loreto Ministries and the Edwin Flack Trust advisory panel.

ANDREW MUIR

Andrew is well known as a successful business leader, thought leader and passionate philanthropist with over 25 years of retail, leadership, strategic and management experience.

 

He founded The Good Foundation whilst CEO at The Good Guys, and has been a Board Director ever since. With a strong desire to support Australian communities, he founded the Foundation to satisfy a responsibility he felt to teach people how to cook and eat healthily. With a vision to get a high-profile chef on board, he persuaded Jamie Oliver to partner in the mission. Currently a Board Member for the Essendon Football Club, Andrew also has an active interest in the Best Friends Pet Supercentres chain which he co-founded.

 

His reputation for philanthropy comes from his involvement in various causes over the years. He is a former Board Member of Starlight Foundation Victoria and a former Rotarian. He contributes to numerous community groups and regularly presents to business groups and tertiary institutions. He has also supported other programs such as Neighbourhood Watch, helped fund the Starlight Foundation Room at The Royal Children’s Hospital and provided support to the Paralympic Training Base in Tullamarine.

Andrew Muir
Oliver Carton - The Good Foundation

OLIVER CARTON

Oliver is a practising lawyer with over 30 years’ experience in a variety of corporate roles. He currently runs his own consulting business, and was previously a Director of the Chartered Accounting firm KPMG where he managed its Corporate Secretarial Group. He also worked for ASIC and in a law firm.

 

Oliver has been a Board Member since 2011, combining this with his membership on a number of boards in listed, unlisted and government-owned companies. He brings his extensive governance experience as a Director and Company Secretary to The Good Foundation as well as other for-purpose organisations such as The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Fashion Festival Limited.

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