Australia’s favourite Frenchman and MKR superstar, Manu Feildel joins Tobie Puttock and the team at Jamie’s Ministry of Food to kick off the Friends of Jamie’s Ministry of Food programme.

The initiative aims to raise funds for the ongoing delivery of Jamie Oliver’s home cooking schools in Australia which are delivered by not for profit, The Good Foundation. The programme commences with an auction for a dinner for 12 cooked by Manu and Tobie, two of the country’s most talented chefs. Manu and Tobie are the first Aussie chefs to join Jamie in this new initiative to express their support for this important cause.

Friends of Jamie’s Ministry of Food will roll out over the coming months with other talented Australian chefs to be announced soon, all of whom will donate their time to support Jamie Oliver’s fun and approachable home cooking education programme which teaches people that cooking from scratch is fun and a great way to engage with family and friends and pass on much needed food knowledge to kids. Australians continue to consume too much processed food, the result being high rates of diet related disease.

“I have followed Jamie’s Ministry of Food campaign for some time now and am excited to be involved, Australia is a wonderful country and as a chef I find it hard to see all the bad food choices still being made. I’m passionate about educating people that good food doesn’t need to be difficult or fussy,” states Manu Feildel.

This first dinner auction will go live on the 1st of June, running for ten days providing Australians with the opportunity to bid for a once in a lifetime three course dinner event with matched wines, all in the name of good food and cooking education for all. The dinner will take place in Sydney on 20th June 2018.

Tobie Puttock, Creative Director at Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia says of the new programme, “Australia is blessed with access to extraordinary fresh food and multi-cultural tradition, with this comes loads of talented culinary heroes and we’re going to work with some of the best to help spread Jamie’s word on the benefits of fresh food and home cooked meals.”

All the proceeds from this charity auction will go directly into the continuation of Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia. The not-for-profit is leading the charge in transforming Australia’s eating habits through advocacy, programme delivery and collaboration.

“Australians are cooking less and consuming more and more processed foods but instead we need to cook from scratch and eat more home cooked meals. Cultures that cook more and consume more fresh food experience lower rates of diet related disease so we want all Australians to have access to edible education and be able to cook healthy food which is essential for a healthy life,” stated Amy Smith, CEO, The Good Foundation and Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia.

Passing it on is at the heart of Jamie’s philosophy and proceeds from the auction will help to raise awareness of the importance to understand what real food is, what to do with it and will provide Australians with the confidence to create a healthier life. The money raised will support the delivery of Jamie’s Ministry of Food programmes.

“If I had one wish, what would it be?…For everyone to help create strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food. To inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity.”

Jamie Oliver, Ted Talk 2010, Teach Every Child About Food


Who – Manu Feildel and Tobie Puttock

What – eBay Auction for three course meal and matched wines for 12 people

Auction Go Live Date – Friday 1st June at 12:00noon – Monday 11th June at 12:00noon

Dinner Date – 20th June 2018 at 7:00pm (non-negotiable)

Where – Alexandria, Sydney, NSW

Bid Via – from 1st June at midday

Bids – to start at $8,000

Additional information –

Jamie’s Ministry of Food innovates and creates new classes, workshops and masterclasses to keep basic cooking skills alive. We believe that all Australians have a right to learn basic cooking skills. Obesity and diet related disease are the greatest health challenges of our generation and we are working hard to lead the transformation of Australia’s food habits to maximise the health, wellbeing and happiness of communities across Australia.

For Jamie’s Ministry of Food media enquiries please contact:
Camilla Speirs – e: m: 0409 359 339 or
Johanna McKinnon – e: p: 03.9282.9106