Jamie Oliver, Food Revolution

I became an ambassador to Food Revolution because I left home at a young age, without basic cooking skills. I believe all children should learn practical cooking skills (life skills). I learnt to cook watching Jamie Oliver on TV and buying his books. This skill has shaped the way I parent, my peer group and my career.

Last month I had the opportunity to meet Jamie and say ‘thanks’ for helping me discover this passion.

Food Revolution Day is fighting to put compulsory practical food education on the school curriculum.

With diet related diseases rising at an alarming rate, it has never been more important to educate children about food, where it comes from and how it affects their bodies.

Watch Jamie Oliver speak about Food Revolution

On Food Revolution Day, Friday May 15th, over 3,000 events are taking place world wide with social media tag #foodrevolutionday. Kids worldwide will be creating the “Squash It Sandwich” for lunch.

Here is a little preview of my daughters in our kitchen making the “Squash It Sandwich” (Turn SOUND ON – it’s kinda cute!)




The aim of the Food Revolution program is to build a powerful movement where our collective voice can bring about positive change to reduce the impact of diet related disease in current and future generations around the world.


42 million children under 5 are overweight or obese.

Companies like Coke, Pepsi, Gatorade and Red Bull are allowed to sell their products to children, regardless of age and the effect it has on children.

Schools, especially in low economic areas are surrounded by fast food restaurants.

To empower children with the knowledge to make better life long choices.

The Solution; 

Get cooking skills on the School Curriculum. Food Revolution is running a petition to take to world leaders at the G20 summit. Jamie Oliver is offering to work for FREE to Governments who sign up to Food Revolution, to change their school curriculum to include cooking skills.

Get involved; 


1. Sign the Food Revolution Petition. Take a Selfie (you don’t have to be in chicken coop, but writing ‘share it’ on your hand would be awesome) , then ‘Share it’ on all your social media channels with a link to the petition and #foodrevolutionday

2. Make the ‘Squash It Sandwich’ at home on Food Revolution Day, Friday 15th May. Take some pictures and upload them to social media with #foodrevolutionday or even better – Join the virtual cook up with thousands of other like minded folks!

3. Start conversations – What do you think of the local school food? Are you worried about what kids are eating? What are you cooking?

4. Cook with kids – Here are 20+ great Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Recipes, Free. Take a picture of your creation and upload it to social media with #foodrevolutionday and a link to the Food Revolution Petition.

5. If you are in touch with your local Member of Parlament, let them know you support Jamie Oliver Food Revolution, and believe all kids should learn practical cooking skills at school.


1. Register your School to participate in Food Revolution Day on Friday 15th May 2015. Whether it is one class, or the whole school, your school can get involved. Any Primary School, High School or even Pre-school.

You will be provided with A School Resource Kit which includes a lesson plan for the “Squash It Sandwich”, recipe cards, ideas for garden planting and colouring in stencils, all created by the amazing Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Team.

2. When you send out the Resource Kit Letter to Parents, include a link to the Food Revolution Petition. Ask parents to come and help out on the day.

3. The School librarian could engage by featuring books on healthy food, displaying recipe cards and use the colouring in sheet from the School Resource Kit.

4. Encourage teachers to sign the petition, cook the ‘Squash It Sandwich’ at home and upload their photos to social media with #foodrevolutionday

5. Put Food Revolution Day in the School Calendar for 2016.

Please contact me if I can help you with this.


Image Credit Steve Ryan

Image Credit Steve Ryan

A huge special thanks to Emma Isaacs and the team at Business Chicks who generously introduced me to Jamie Oliver. I sincerely appreciate their work, and that of Commonwealth Bank Women in Focus for their support of Business Chicks, and for hosting me on the day.

#foodrevolutionday #foodrevolutionday2015 #jamieoliver #womencan #businesschicks



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