Jamie’s Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen is set to visit Burleigh Heads for the first time, its 20th location since it commenced its travels around Queensland in 2012.

Following huge success in previous locations, the Mobile Kitchen will be in location and teaching basic cooking skills from 22nd June 2017 in the Post Office Carpark at Stockland Burleigh Heads, 149 West Burleigh Rd, Burleigh Heads. Bookings are open now via www.jamiesministryoffood.com.au

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 and equipping them with some simple skills and knowledge to do so. 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 Australia is delivered by The Good Foundation throughout Australia. Queensland Health provides funding to support the delivery of the program throughout Queensland and the Mobile Kitchen is supported by Stockland while in Burleigh Heads.

Shane Monro, Acting Centre Manager, Stockland Burleigh Heads, said “We are thrilled to be a part of this positive program and to be bringing the Jamie’s Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen to our customers. Stockland always strives to create a better way to live and we see this initiative with The Good Foundation as a perfect example of this objective for the local community.”

Local residents will have the opportunity to access and participate in an innovative, community based cooking program built on Jamie’s beliefs about cooking and the associated impact on healthy living. The basic home cooking course will deliver hands-on cooking classes led by a team of dedicated Food Trainers and local volunteers and covers information on ingredients, shopping, budgeting, meal planning and food preparation for basic cooking.

In Queensland, 26% of children and 64% of adults are now overweight or obese and this remains a key challenge for the State.More than one-third of the daily energy intake of Queenslanders is derived from energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods such as sugary drinks, snack foods and confectionery, which is costing the average consumer over half their food spending.[1]

“Making Queenslanders the healthiest people in the world isn’t a small goal but supporting important programs like Jamie’s Ministry of Food is just one way we’re working towards it,” said Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Cameron Dick.

“Achieving a healthier lifestyle doesn’t need to mean making huge changes all at once and it certainly doesn’t have to be expensive. Cooking healthy meals at home is a great place to start which is what participants learn in this program.

“They’ll also gain knowledge to help with grocery shopping and menu plans. Our own Healthier. Happier. campaign also empowers Queenslanders to make simple changes every day so they become habit,” Mr Dick said.

The home cooking program includes Jamie’s hints, tips and shortcuts for preparing healthy food from scratch using fresh ingredients which is of particular importance with less than 7% of Queenslanders eating the recommended daily serve of vegetables[2].

Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia has been proven to work. A comprehensive 3.5 year evaluation funded by Queensland Health and conducted by Deakin University and University of Melbourne showed that participants who complete the cooking course purchased and consumed more vegetables, were more confident in cooking meals from scratch and spent less on take away foods.

Who can take the course? People aged 12 years and over

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

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

When do bookings open? Bookings are open now via www.jamiesministryoffood.com

Who do I contact to become a volunteer? E-mail volunteer@thegoodfoundation.com.au

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. Queensland Health has committed funding to The Good Foundation to support the delivery of the program in Queensland. Stockland is a local partner of Jamie’s Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen program in Queensland. 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 e: camillaspeirs@thegoodfoundation.com.au

For Queensland Health media enquiries please contact:

p: (07) 3234 1439 e: news@health.qld.gov.au

For Stockland media enquiries please contact:

Monique Brown p: 02 9035 3435 e: Monique.Brown@stockland.com.au

[1] Queensland Health The Health of Queenslanders 2016: Sixth Report of the Chief Health Officer Queensland, Queensland Government (2014) at 72

[2] Queensland Health The Health of Queenslanders 2016: Sixth Report of the Chief Health Officer Queensland, Queensland Government (2014) at 66