Baldivis to host Jamie’s Ministry of Food West Australian Mobile Kitchen’s 7-week Home Cooking Course

7 April 2017

Jamie’s Ministry of Food West Australian mobile kitchen is heading to Baldivis, the sixth location for the West Australian kitchen classroom on wheels. The program is delivered by The Good Foundation and supported by Stockland while in Baldivis. As part of a three year partnership, Edith Cowan University (ECU) provides funding to The Good Foundation to support the delivery of the program throughout Western Australia.

Bookings will open soon with classes commencing on 12th June 2017 and running for seven weeks.

An innovative, community based cooking program, based on Jamie’s beliefs about cooking and the associated impact on healthy living, the program teaches Jamie’s hints, tips and basic home cooking skills in an effort to encourage people to cook from scratch with fresh food. This is of particular importance given that about one-quarter of all deaths in Australia are the result of diet related disease and one in four people in Australia are currently overweight or obese.

Kathleen Brown, Centre Manager at Stockland Baldivis, said: “We are thrilled to be a part of this positive program, bringing Jamie’s Ministry of Food to the Baldivis community. We know the importance of a diverse fresh food offering and continually strive to deliver more for all residents in the area.”

Research shows that only 1 in 10 of Western Australian residents eat the recommended daily serves of fruit and vegetables and two-thirds of WA adults are now overweight or obese. 75.1% of residents in the City of Rockingham are overweight or obese which is well above the State and national averages and only 15.4% of residents in the City of Mandurah eat the recommended daily serves of vegetables.

Felicia Mariani, CEO The Good Foundation and Jamie’s Ministry of Food says of the program, “Jamie’s Ministry of Food is a fun and engaging program that speaks directly to this serious issue facing our society. We believe that cooking is a life skill which should be accessible to everyone, regardless of who you are or where you might live. Importantly, we’ve seen that our program also serves to foster a real sense of community and social connectedness.

Jamie’s Ministry of Food achieves measurable health and wellbeing outcomes for participants by inspiring and empowering them to change in the way they and their families eat, and how they think about food.

ECU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) Professor Cobie Rudd said, “The Ministry of Food program has been embraced by local communities at its previous locations in metropolitan Perth as well as regional areas including Bunbury and Albany. Following this success, ECU is really looking forward to helping bring a range of benefits to the Baldivis community, including prevention of chronic disease through healthier eating as well as developing social connections and social inclusion that builds individuals’ confidence and, in turn, strengthens communities.”

Jamie’s Ministry of Food has been proven to work. A comprehensive evaluation, conducted by Deakin University and University of Melbourne showed that participants who complete the cooking course, gained new cooking skills and food knowledge, were more confident in cooking meals from scratch, purchased and consumed more vegetables and spent less on take away foods.

While in Baldivis, Jamie’s Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen will deliver hands-on basic cooking classes led by a team of dedicated Food Trainers who will be supported by local volunteers. The course is open to people aged 12 years and over, looking to learn the basics of cooking while having some fun in the kitchen learning Jamie’s hints, tips and shortcuts.

Where is the Mobile Kitchen located? Stockland Baldivis, 20 Settlers Avenue, Baldivis (in front of the food terrace)

When do classes begin? 12th June 2017

How long is the course? One 90-minute class per week for seven weeks

How much does it cost? Classes cost $20 per session, $15 for student card holders and $10 for concession.

When do bookings open? April via

The Good Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation which has partnered with Jamie Oliver and Fresh Food partner, Woolworths to deliver Jamie’s Ministry of Food throughout Australia. The Good Guys, founding partner of Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia, is proud to support the program which is helping to build healthier and happier communities.

For Jamie’s Ministry of Food media enquiries please contact:

Camilla Speirs

m: 0409 359 339