Jamie’s Ministry of Food West Australian mobile kitchen is heading to Mount Lawley for the first time. The program is delivered by The Good Foundation and supported by Edith Cowan University as part of a three year partnership which provides funding to support the delivery of the program throughout Western Australia.

After successful visits to various West Australian locations including Edith Cowan University’s Joondalup and South West (Bunbury) campuses, the kitchen classroom on wheels will be based at ECU’s Mount Lawley Campus for seven weeks from Wednesday 27th September 2017.

An innovative, community based cooking program, based on Jamie’s beliefs about cooking and the associated impact on healthy living, the program teaches Jamie’s hints, tips and basic home cooking skills in an effort to encourage people to cook from scratch with fresh food.

This is of particular importance given that research shows only 1 in 10 of Western Australian residents eat the recommended daily serves of fruit and vegetables and two-thirds of WA adults are now overweight or obese. Following on from this, about one-quarter of all deaths in Australia are the result of diet related disease and one in four people in Australia are currently overweight or obese.

Jamie’s Ministry of Food 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.

Felicia Mariani, CEO of The Good Foundation and Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia says of the program, “We know our program works. Jamie’s Ministry of Food has been independently proven to move the needle on improving health and wellbeing outcomes for our participants. Our program inspires and empowers people to change the way they and their families eat, and how they think about food. We’re excited to be coming to Mt Lawley for the first time and we look forward to changing the food habits of local residents while we’re there.”

ECU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) Professor Cobie Rudd said, “With its numerous cafes and restaurants, Mount Lawley is already renowned for being a ‘foodies’ district. The Jamie’s Ministry of Food program will bring and additional focus on providing course participants with added skills and confidence to create healthy, nutritious and exciting meals using fresh ingredients.”

While in Mount Lawley, Jamie’s Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen will deliver hands-on basic cooking classes led by a team of dedicated Food Trainers who will be supported by local volunteers. The course is open to people aged 12 years and over, looking to learn the basics of cooking while having some fun in the kitchen learning Jamie’s hints, tips and shortcuts.

Where is the Mobile Kitchen located? ECU Mount Lawley Campus: Car Park 1, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050.

When do classes begin? Wednesday 27th, September 2017

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

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

When do bookings open? Now via www.jamiesministryoffood.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. 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. The program is supported by Edith Cowan University in Western Australia.

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

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