JAMIE’S MINISTRY OF FOOD IS TAKING BOOKINGS NOW FOR ITS FIRST NEW SOUTH WALES KITCHEN, LOCATED AT STOCKLAND WETHERILL PARK SHOPPING CENTRE. THE COMMUNITY FOCUSED CLASSES ARE DUE TO COMMENCE ON 10 JANUARY 2015 WHEN DEDICATED FOOD TRAINERS WILL START TEACHING JAMIE’S HINTS AND TIPS, SHORT CUTS AND BASIC COOKING SKILLS IN THE NEW KITCHEN.
“I’m massively excited about the Ministry of Food program opening up in NSW – it means we’re now reaching even more Australians every single day. Our brilliant new team will be teaching basic cooking skills to lots of NSW residents, and I’m super excited that more of you are going to be making tasty, nutritious home-cooked meals.” said Jamie Oliver of his new Ministry of Food centre.

Jamie’s Ministry of Food Wetherill Park will offer classes six days a week with weekend and evening classes available. Participants will experience hands on lessons with a dedicated Jamie’s Ministry of Food Trainer and can take home the meals they prepare to share with family and friends. Classes cost just $10 per session and $5 for concession. Bookings are now open through www.jamiesministryoffood.com

Jamie’s Ministry of Food at Stockland Wetherill Park Shopping Centre is a partnership between The Good Foundation and Stockland and is supported by Jamie’s Ministry of Food principal partner, The Good Guys.

“Providing a cost effective way to reach everyone in communities around the country is at the heart of what Jamie’s Ministry of Food kitchens do and this would not be possible without the generosity of corporate partners such as The Good Guys and Stockland,” said Alicia Peardon, CEO, The Good Foundation and Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia.

Stockland CEO Commercial Property, John Schroder, said “We are thrilled to be a part of this positive program and to be launching the first Jamie’s Ministry of Food in New South Wales. Stockland always strives to create a better way to live and this initiative with The Good Foundation is a perfect example, not only giving back to the community but also supporting healthy family lifestyle choices.”

The Ministry of Food program has already proved successful in Australia running classes at the fixed centres in Ipswich and Geelong and the Mobile Kitchen’s, which travel throughout Queensland and Victoria. Jamie’s Ministry of Food has also recently opened the first ever pop-up kitchen at Noarlunga, South Australia.

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.

To register as a volunteer or to receive additional information about becoming a volunteer with Jamie’s Ministry of Food Wetherill Park, please email jmofwp@thegoodfoundation.com.au or phone 02.9756.1001

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

Jamie’s Ministry of Food Wetherill Park is located at Shop CO5a, Kinchin Lane, Stockland Wetherill Park Shopping Centre, 561 – 583 Polding Street, Wetherill Park, NSW 2164

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About the Jamie’s Ministry of Food program

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 media enquiries, please contact:

Jamie’s Ministry of Food:

Camilla Speirs E: camillaspeirs@thegoodfoundation.com.au M: 0409 359 339

Stockland Wetherill Park:

Monique Jones E: monique.jones@stockland.com.au M: 0438 995 791