The Minister announced the Queensland Government has committed a further 12 months of funding. The additional $546,200 will support the operation of Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia in Queensland through the fixed centre in Ipswich and the Mobile Kitchen, which delivers the program throughout the State. The additional funding takes the total investment from Queensland Health to $3,045,140, supporting the continuation of the program through to 31 July 2015.

During his time at the Mobile Kitchen, The Minister for Health met with Laura Anderson, Chair, The Good Foundation and Alicia Peardon, CEO of Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia and The Good Foundation, to celebrate the achievements of the partnership between The Good Foundation and the Queensland Government in delivering Jamie’s Ministry of Food program across the state to date.

Jamie’s Ministry of Food is now finalising the 12 month metropolitan and regional schedule for the Queensland Mobile Kitchen through until June 2015. For expressions of interest, Councils should contact Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia.

In addition to the funding announcement, Jamie’s Ministry of Food Ipswich is introducing a 5 week cooking course, to increase capacity and therefore allowing a greater number of people to access the program. By reducing the required time commitment and rolling out the course in a shorter time frame, Jamie’s Ministry of Food aims to keep the course as accessible as possible for all.

“Jamie’s Ministry of Food has been so successful; we are looking to increase the number of courses available in Ipswich by offering the five week course therefore enabling more people to access and benefit from the program. With the program extended for another 12 months, we are looking for communities in metro and regional areas to host the Mobile Kitchen for 10 weeks.” said Alicia Peardon, CEO Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia The Good Foundation.

The course aims to teach participants practical hints, tips and shortcuts on how to prepare and cook quick, tasty and affordable meals from scratch. The 5 week course offers similar teachings to the original 10 week course but in a shorter time frame enabling delivery to a greater number of Queenslanders and expanding the reach and benefits of the program.

The 5 week course costs $50 or $25 for concession holders. During the weekly 90 minute class participants learn a number of Jamie’s practical approaches to basic cooking.

Facts about Jamie’s Ministry of Food

  • Over 17,000 Queenslanders have attended a Jamie’s Ministry of Food course, cooking demonstration or community event to date.
  • Over 6,200 participants have commenced courses at the Ipswich Centre and on the Mobile Kitchen
  • The Program continues to be hugely popular in Queensland with places selling out well in advance
  • The Program attracts participants in identified target groups through work with local governments and community
  • There is a collaborative effort in working with other health programs and health professionals – a strong example of this is the Healthy Active People program in Ipswich which has seen almost 700 high risk participants benefiting from the program
  • Our youngest participant has been 12 years old and our oldest, 93 years old
  • The Mobile Kitchen has delivered the program in the following locations across Queensland: Logan, Maryborough, Gympie, Moreton Bay, Gold Coast, Ingham, Bundaberg, Toowoomba, Nanango, Wondai and Brisbane.

Delivered by The Good Foundation and supported by The Good Guys and the Queensland Government. For bookings and all class dates and times, visit

About the Jamie’s Ministry of Food program…

Delivered by The Good Foundation and supported by The Good Guys and the Queensland Government, Jamie’s Ministry of Food is a practical solution to the problems associated with diet-related disease. The community-focused program aims to inspire people to get back to basics in the kitchen. It’s about teaching people to start cooking for themselves once again and equipping them with some simple skills and knowledge. The program inspires and empowers change in the way they and their families eat, and how they think about food. Jamie’s Ministry of Food is about addressing the big health issues facing the nation through a common sense approach that is simple and effective.

For PR enquiries regarding Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia, please contact: Camilla Speirs – Public Relations Manager,

Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia E: or M: 0409 359 339