Can this Cocky, Young British Chef Really Make Americans Eat Healthier?
“Jamie Oliver believes that by teaching ordinary Americans new cooking skills, and getting them to share those skills with others, he can improve our national diet. His idea caused a big fuss in the U.K. How will it fare here?” British Chef Jamie Oliver is going to have a reality series called Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, in which he goes to Huntington, West Virginia to teach people how to cook and eat healthfully. Why? Because “Huntington, statistically, is the most unhealthy town in America – meaning it has the highest rates of lifestyle diseases, obesity, diabetes, dental problems. My goal is to get them out of the top 10 – or bottom 10 – within the year.” (164) Mark Bittman, who writes the Minimalist column for The New York Times and is the author of How to Cook Everything, asked Oliver “Is it part of a bigger “food movement”? Is there a food movement? Oliver replied that “Cooking is not taught at school” and “we’ve almost dissolved the natural skill of being able to look after