Jamie's Ministry of Food


What is Jamie's Ministry of Food?

Jamie considers the Ministry of Food to be the most important campaign he has ever worked on. It is all about keeping cooking skills alive.

We've got a huge problem in the UK with more and more people suffering from obesity and diet-related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Eating a balanced diet plays a big part in helping you to maintain your health and wellbeing. There is growing evidence that knowing how to cook for yourself from scratch can have an extremely beneficial effect on your long-term eating habits. Unfortunately, a lot of us just don't know how to cook anymore. We haven't been taught at school and we haven't been taught by our parents, and that needs to change.

Knowing how to cook from scratch means you'll be able to turn all sorts of fresh ingredients into meals when they're in season, at their best and at their cheapest.

Jamie's Ministry of Food campaign is based on a British initiative from Second World War, when the government set up 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.

Taking inspiration from this, in 2008 Jamie decided he wanted to reintroduce this network of local food centres and cookery teachers. With support from funders such as the NHS and local councils, he started setting up Ministry of Food projects across the UK. Jamie's Ministry of Food has since gone global and there are now allied projects in Australia and America too. Find out if there is a Ministry of Food project near you and join up.


"This is MINT! Brilliant idea. It's really good to be able to see what's going on from the street outside as you walk past too!"

"My mates and I were looking for something to do to do a cooking class. But all the courses that are run are cake making or Chinese cooking loads of specialist things and nothing about everyday cooking that would be at our level and help us to cook everyday food. Then we found the Ministry of Food course. It's just what we wanted."

"I've got kids and it's been great to learn how to cook new things for them."

"I've really enjoyed the course, the increased confidence it's given me to cook and learning useful skills like how and when to freeze stuff. I'm useless but learning little things like freezing tips has been great as well as having someone to ask for advice."

"I feel much more confident cooking and really enjoy coming to the group. Soraya is so helpful and puts me at ease when trying new things."

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