ANNOUNCED TODAY AT JAMIE’S MINISTRY OF FOOD POP-UP KITCHEN IN NOARLUNGA, A NEW MAJOR PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN JAMIE’S MINISTRY OF FOOD AUSTRALIA, COLONNADES SHOPPING CENTRE AND CITY OF ONKAPARINGA TO KEEP THE POP-UP KITCHEN OPERATING UNTIL DECEMBER 2016. THIS COMES AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE HUON AQUACULTURE PARTNERSHIP AS MAJOR PARTNER FOR THE PAST TWELVE MONTHS.
During his Australian tour last year, Jamie announced Colonnades Shopping Centre and the City of Onkaparinga as the hosts for the first of its kind pop-up kitchen which commenced classes earlier this year in January. With today’s announcement Jamie was excited to let everyone know that with the new funding, the pop-up kitchen will be operational for a further 12 months, taking it through to December 2016.

“In March last year we put the call out to Australia to nominate their community to host a Jamie’s Ministry of Food Pop-up Centre for 12 months with thanks to Huon Salmon. I was delighted that Colonnades Shopping Centre and the City of Onkaparinga entered and won. I am delighted to see the winning entrants have seen the value of this kitchen within the South Australian community and are now major partners for the continuation of the kitchen.” says Jamie.

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. Providing a cost effective way to reach everyone is at the heart of what Jamie’s Ministry of Food kitchens do and this would not be possible without the generosity of corporate support.

“Colonnades is proud to partner with Jamie’s Ministry of Food to ensure the facility remains open until at least December 2016. The popup kitchen has huge potential to improve the health and eating habits of many people in our community. We again wish to thank our customers and businesses who supported the original bid and we will continue to work to maximise the long term benefits of the program across our communities,” said Lara Byrne, Marketing Manager Colonnades Shopping Centre.

Worldwide, obesity has more than doubled since 1980 with rates of overweight and obesity steadily rising in Australia over the past 30 years. 61% of City of Onkaparinga adults are overweight or obese and only 10% are eating the recommended daily serves of vegetables.

“Like all our Kitchens we are immensely proud of our community based program that is proven to change the way people think about Food. Our centres become community hubs – a safe place to have fun and learn the basics of food education. We look forward to another successful 12mths in Noarlunga and encourage everyone to come and enjoy this program with thanks to Colonnades Shopping Centre and the City of Onkaparinga.” said Elise Bennetts, Acting CEO, Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia.

City of Onkaparinga Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg said the facility has been hugely popular since it opened.

“Our communities have really embraced the kitchen and Jamie’s approach to food, and we’re thrilled to be the official local government partner for another year.”

“Hosting the kitchen at Colonnades is a win for both Onkaparinga and the entire state, so we encourage people across SA to visit our city and enjoy a fantastic cooking course run by great people who genuinely believe in what they are doing,” She said.

The Ministry of Food program has already proved successful in Australia, running classes at fixed centres in Ipswich, Geelong and Wetherill Park and through two Mobile Kitchen’s, which travel throughout Queensland and Victoria.

A recent evaluation, conducted by Deakin University and University of Melbourne has shown that participants who complete the back to basics home cooking skills program, increased their vegetable consumption and changed their cooking confidence and cooking and eating behaviours. Participants were more confident in cooking meals from scratch, purchased and consumed more vegetables and spent less on take away foods. This was sustained for 6 months after completing the course.

Jamie’s Ministry of Food pop-up kitchen offers classes six days a week with weekend and evening classes available. Participants experience hands on lessons with dedicated Food Trainers and can take home the meals they prepare to share with family and friends. Classes cost just $20 per session, $15 for student card holders and $10 for concession with participants experiencing a hands on cooking class and a meal for two to take home to share each week.

To register as a volunteer or to receive additional information about becoming a volunteer with Jamie’s Ministry of Food pop-up kitchen at Colonnades Shopping Centre, please email jmofnoarlunga@thegoodfoundation.com.au

For bookings and additional information about Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia, visit www.jamiesministryoffood.com