Tue 19th Apr 2011 13:48 | Back
Two weeks ago, on the announcement of the planned Jamie Oliverâs Ministry of Food in Stratford, a delighted Jamie Oliver said âThis is a day that Iâve dreamed about â the first Ministry of Food Centre in London.â
Rosie Boycott, Chair of London Food, said âThis is a fantastic initiative from Jamie Oliver, which should help a whole new generation be inspired by cooking and develop a healthy love of food. This area of East London has high levels of obesity and illness linked to poor diets and I hope that this scheme, along with the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, will inspire local people to adopt a healthier lifestyle.â
What will the Ministry do?
Jamieâs Ministry of Food Stratford will bring cooking lessons and demonstrations to schools, community centres and businesses. The enterprise is expected to combine this outreach work with a fixed shopfronted location later in 2011. Standard cooking courses and tailored provision will raise local peopleâs confidence and competence in cooking as well as strengthening other life skills, help participants onto training and employment and to shop, cook and eat in new ways.
See how Jamie Oliver kitchen skills nurtures the talents of young people in this video.
The Ministry is based on the London Borough of Newham. Newham is one of the 5 Olympic boroughs, and has a very young, dynamic and diverse population, vibrant communities and very high levels of deprivation. Newham is also home to the largest regeneration scheme in Europe, the largest European urban shopping mall, a100 acre exhibition and conference centre and now the Olympic Park! Newhamâs local government is supportive of public-private partnerships.
What we are looking for?
We are looking for a range of people to help us with the Ministryâs work- some as full- and part-time staff, other as expert friends, business partners and some as community volunteers. One of the staff we recruit will by the Ministryâs Manager, with responsibility for running all aspects of the Ministryâs work on a day-to-day basis.
Everyone who gets involved with the Ministry will need to have:
â¢ a love of food and cooking
â¢ value simplicity and use a common sense approach
â¢ a commitment to help change peopleâs lives for the better
â¢ the right type of charisma (but no big egos, thank you!) to reach and inspire people
â¢ the ability to build relationships with a wide range of communities, organisations and government bodies
â¢ be commercially minded
In addition, the Ministry Manager will have the skills and experience to run an innovative social business; lead, develop and motivate staff and volunteers, and help us make money from the good work we do.
We need people with charisma, easy manners, love of local communities and skilful hands to help people have fun and gain confidence through our cooking classes. We need people that believe that by chopping carrots and onions they can help create a stronger, healthier and happier community.
We need people that are inspired by difficult challenges, by getting things done and by demonstrating that they have commercial savvy to make money out of their ideas.
What can the Ministry offer you?
You will work with a team of fun, nice and happy people.
You will be regularly trained by a team from the Jamie Oliver foundation and receive support from leading technical experts.
Your successes will be rewarded not only by significant public recognition but also financial incentives.
Running and developing successfully a unique enterprise with strong brand recognition, will give you lots of public love and perhaps a pat in the back from a famous cook (not guaranteed).
If you are interested in learning more about working with Jamie's Ministry of Food Stratford, please email your CV and cover letter.
About the Author: Carlos Montes, Jamieâs Ministry of Food Stratford, Director. Leaside Regeneration Ltd.
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