FOLLOWING A SUCCESSFUL STINT AT QUT IN 2014, JAMIE’S MINISTRY OF FOOD MOBILE KITCHEN IS SET TO RETURN TO QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (QUT) KELVIN GROVE CAMPUS TO TEACH JAMIE’S HINTS, TIPS AND SHORTCUTS OF BASIC HOME COOKING SKILLS. THE MOBILE KITCHEN WILL BE LOCATED AT H BLOCK, OFF VICTORIA PARK ROAD, KELVIN GROVE FROM 29 OCTOBER 2015.
Classes begin on Thursday 29 October 2015, running for one five week cycle. While on the QUT campus, Jamie’s Ministry of Food will deliver the successful home cooking course to students, staff and the local community running from Monday through to Saturday each week.

The Mobile Kitchen program offers a five-week cooking course, comprising one 90-minute cooking class per week with up to 12 participants in each class. Jamie’s Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen will deliver hands-on basic cooking classes led by a team of dedicated Food Trainers.

Delivered by Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia and partnering with QUT, students, staff and 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.

QUT Registrar Ms Shard Lorenzo said the university aimed to support staff and students to eat well, be more active, stay happy and support others.

“QUT appreciates that our staff and students are our biggest assets and we have a range of programs in place to enhance health and wellbeing. By offering cooking courses on campus, we are providing the QUT community with the skills they need to cook healthy food from scratch. We are pleased to host Jamie’s Minister of Food Mobile Kitchen and feel it complements our healthy lifestyle philosophy.” Ms Lorenzo said.

Acting CEO of Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia, Elise Bennetts believes the return to the QUT campus is a great opportunity to pass on the benefits of cooking from scratch with fresh food.

“The program includes Jamie’s hints, tips and shortcuts for preparing food from scratch using fresh ingredients which is of particular importance with only approximately 7% of the population eating the recommended daily serve of vegetables so our program teaches people how to incorporate more fresh food into their diets,” said Elise Bennetts, Acting CEO, Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia and The Good Foundation.

Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia 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. The program also had some flow on benefits in bringing families together to the share a meal around the table. The research showed these behaviour changes were sustained 6 months after completing the course.

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. 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 an innovative, community based cooking program built on Jamie’s beliefs about cooking and the associated impact on healthy living. A fun and engaging program that fosters a sense of community and social connectedness, the program achieves measurable health and wellbeing outcomes for participants. Cooking is a life skill which should be accessible to all.

Classes cost $20 per session, $15 for student card holders and $10 for concession. Bookings are open now and can be booked through www.jamiesministryoffood.com

The Good Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation which has partnered with Jamie Oliver and principal 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.

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

Camilla Speirs m: 0409 359 339 e: camillaspeirs@thegoodfoundation.com.au

For Queensland University of Technology media enquiries please contact:

Niki Widdowson P: 07 3138 2999