Jamie's Ministry of Food


Where it all began

The UK's first Ministry of Food was set up by the British Government during the Second World War to establish a national network of food advisors and cooking teachers to educate the public about food and nutrition so they would be able to feed themselves properly with the rations available. It proved to be an example of how a government could quickly and successfully educate people in times of crisis. In Australia, the Commonwealth Rationing Commission was set up after limited rationing was introduced in 1942. Wartime recipes were circulated in magazines, pamphlets and on government-sponsored radio programs, alongside advice on how to make use of available food. Although the Australian government feared that rationing would have an adverse effect on people’s health, the opposite proved true. As in the UK, the period saw a drop in the number of people suffering from diet-related problems.

Today's modern day epidemic

These days the food crisis isn’t about rationing: it’s about people not understanding food at all. Cooking skills used to be passed down through the generations but now that chain has been broken. A rise in busy working families, the popularity of convenience foods and a lack of compulsory food education in schools has resulted in a generation of people who have not been taught the basics of cooking.


Taking inspiration from this, Jamie decided he wanted to reintroduce this network of local food centres and cookery teachers. With support from electrical retailer The Good Guys, The Good Foundation was established to deliver Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia.

Jamie's Ministry of Food Australia is a practical solution to the problems of obesity and diet-related disease and is a grassroots response to this generation's lack of basic food skills. By teaching people to start cooking for themselves once again and equipping them with some simple skills and knowledge, the campaign aims to inspire and empower change in the way people eat and think about food.

Jamie's Ministry of Food is simple in what it does, its all about getting everyone cooking again by teaching people the basics: how to grocery shop, how to cook and how to enjoy food in a way that benefits them and their families. It aims to give as many people as possible the tools and information they need to make better food choices.


1. How does the course work?
Jamie's Ministry of Food is a basic cooking course. Classes are the same time each week and run for 90 minutes. Classes are completely hands on, participants get to see, smell, feel and taste everything you cook. Every week you will learn to cook simple, healthy and tasty meals using fresh ingredients. The course will also cover meal planning, budgeting and shopping tips, as well as key nutritional information.

2. Who can attend the course?
The course is open to people who want to learn the basics of cooking. The minimum age is 12 years. Children aged between 12 and 15 (inclusive) can enrol but MUST be accompanied by a parent /guardian (1:3 ratio).

3. Do I need to attend all classes?
Participants MUST attend the first class. If you are unable to participate in the first class you will not be able to attend the following classes. All bookings are non-transferable or refundable.

4. What happens if I miss a class?
Bookings are non-transferable and payments are non-refundable.

5. What do I need to wear to a class?
You need to wear comfortable, practical clothing and closed toe shoes for safety in the kitchen. You will also be required to tie back long hair in the interests of food safety

6. What do I need to bring?
For your first class, you do not need to bring anything. We provide all of the equipment, ingredients and an apron.

7. Is the Ministry of Food Program accessible for people with a disability or special needs?
Participants with a disability or special needs are encouraged to contact us to discuss their requirements prior to booking into a course. Please see Centre details below.

Participants who require a carer due to special needs must ensure that the carers’ details are provided to Jamie’'s Ministry of Food through a booking form before commencing the course. The same carer must attend all classes in the Course for health and safety purposes. It is preferable for a person with special needs to arrive 15 minutes before the first class to ensure that Jamie's Ministry of Food trainers have adequate time to discuss any issues that may arise for the participant during the course.

8. What times are the classes?
Schedules vary slightly in each location ? log onto www.jamiesministryoffood.com for further details

9. What if I don't like what is cooked?
The recipes taught throughout the course are designed to offer all participants the chance to increase their cooking skills whilst teaching key nutritional information and how to prepare cost effective recipes for all. Furthermore we hope to teach all participants to cook with new ingredients and develop their palate.

10. How do I book into a course?
You can book online at https://thegoodfoundation.secure.force.com/bookings or drop into a Centre (see full details below).

11. How much does a course cost and how do I pay?
The course costs $20 per class for full fee, $15 per class for students and $10 per class for a valid concession card holder. The total cost of the course is the cost per class multiplied by the number of weeks in the course. You can pay online using a credit card or PayPal. If you want to pay cash for a course, you may do so in the Centre or on the Mobile Kitchen.

12. Are gift vouchers available?
Yes; only for the Centres. A gift voucher is a great way to encourage a member of your family or a friend to participate in a cooking course. Gift vouchers are available for purchase and can be used towards the cost of the cooking course. You can purchase a gift voucher for a family member or friend in person at the Centre or at our online gift voucher store: http://thegoodfoundation.force.com/GiftVouchers/

Gift vouchers are valid for 6 months.

13. How do I redeem a gift voucher?
You can use a valid gift voucher as payment for a course through the online bookings website. You can also drop into a Centre with your valid gift voucher where you will be provided with a range of class options to book into.

14. Can I make a group booking?
If you are part of community or corporate organisations you can make a group booking by contacting the Centres directly or online. The maximum number of people able to attend any one class is 12 or 15 in Geelong.

Contact details for Centres below.

15. What do I do if I have a food allergy or dietary requirement?
If you have a food allergy please contact the Centre when you book into a course. As the course is designed to provide a broad knowledge of cooking skills, we are unable to offer special ingredients to accommodate specific needs.

Centre Details:

Jamie's Ministry of Food Ipswich
d'Arcy Doyle Place
Ipswich QLD 4305
Phone 07 3281 0340
Email mofipswich@thegoodfoundation.com.au

Wetherill Park
Jamie’s Ministry of Food Wetherill Park
Kinchin Lane
561-583 Polding Street
Wetherill Park NSW 2164
Phone 02 9756 1001
Email jmofwp@thegoodfoundation.com.au

Jamie's Ministry of Food Geelong
106 Moorabool Street
Geelong VIC 3220
Phone 03 5222 8413
Email mofgeelong@thegoodfoundation.com.au

Pop-Up Kitchen Details:

Jamie’s Ministry of Food Pop-Up Noarlunga
Shop SP 129
Colonnades Shopping Centre
Ramsey Place off Beach Road
Noarlunga SA 5168
Phone 08 8326 0123
Email jmofnoarlunga@thegoodfoundation.com.au

For information on both the Queensland and Victorian Mobile Kitchens please call 03 9282 9100

The Good Foundation Head Office
169 Park Street
South Melbourne VIC 3205
Phone 03 9282 9100
Email info@thegoodfoundation.com.au




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