jamie and his magic torch

Jamie has run his leg of the Olympic torch relay.
In pouring rain on Saturday, Jamie lit his torch and ran through the fine Essex village of Newport, passing his old secondary school to the cheers of thousands of supporters.
Jamie's family turned out in force to celebrate this momentous occasion.
He said afterwards that he was “really proud” to have been given the opportunity to carry the torch in this special year.

Many runners connected with Jamie and his foundation are waiting to run with the Olympic flame over the next couple of weeks. They are being given the opportunity thanks to their achievements and hard work with the Jamie Oliver Foundation. Read more about the good work here.

The remaining runners:
 style=Tue 10-July-12
Maidenhead
Abigail Grainger is a Jamie’s Home Cooking Skills student in Year 10 at Alfriston School, Amersham Bucks – a special needs school for pupils with learning difficulties. Abi has an infectious enthusiasm for everything she does and cannot help but pass this on to her friends, family and peers. She epitomises what the home cooking skills programme is about, having embraced the course immediately, sourcing recipes from home as well as learning and perfecting the necessary skills to meet the challenges of the course. Abi rapidly gained confidence using her knowledge and skills to create healthy meals in order to support her sporting lifestyle. Abi battled ill health throughout the course but never let this affect her learning. Her enthusiasm for cooking using fresh ingredients and the recipes provided by Jamie Oliver began to have an effect on her family; persuading them to reduce the frequency of ready meals and adopting a healthier diet. The culmination of her successful course was the creation of a family recipe book that can be added to and passed down through the generations. Abi is a perfect ambassador for the Jamie Course, her enthusiasm and love of life would make her a proud role model for other teenagers with special needs.

 style=Mon 23-July-12
Lewisham
Lawrence Kessey is a Jamie’s Home Cooking Skills student at Gladesmore Community School, Tottenham. He has been nominated due to his dedication, hard work and enthusiasm throughout the course. He has worked very hard both in school and at home to practice the skills needed to pass the course. Lawrence has changed his attitude to his food lessons since Year 8 when, although he enjoyed cooking he could be a little disorganised. This year he has taken recipes to practice at home so he was organised and prepared for each lesson. He has taken the perfection of skills very seriously in order that he gained a PASS. Lawrence is a cheerful student and likes to help others especially now he feels more confident in his abilities. He embodies what this course is about. He will go on to use the skills he has gained – not only practically but also in his knowledge of healthy eating and using fresh ingredients.

 style=Mon 23-July-12
Lewisham
Sandeep Channa is Head of Community Work at Ministry of Food Stratford. Sandeep has always been passionate both about food and her community. As a little girl in Newham, she helped with school lunches, at 14 she helped older people prepare food from different cultures, and as a 6th Former she helped people with learning disabilities. She went on to study nutrition, all-the-while working every weekend for 6 years in a local supermarket. Sandeep joined NHS Brent, where she could be seen carrying large boxes of food from one children's centre to another- once in the middle of a blizzard! Today she is a star cook in Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food Stratford, using the same kitchen she cooked in as a 6th Former. She shares with everyone her infectious can-do attitude, her strong focus on value “because Newham people don’t have too much money”, her friendly smile that opens everyone’s heart, and, her passion for cooking food.

 style=Thu 26-July-12
Camden
Danny McCubbin is the Communities Editor for jamieoliver.com and has been with the company for 8 years. Danny lives and breathes the Jamie Oliver brand. He extends himself to help others both at work and through extensive extra-curricular volunteer activities ranging from running Supperclubs to raise money for the Jamie Oliver Foundation to mentoring students and graduates from Fifteen. Outside of work he also mentors young people from the Global Changemakers programme and he has volunteered at charities including Food Chain and San Patrignano in Italy. In November he will be running the New York Marathon (for the third time) to raise funds for the Jamie Oliver Foundation and in 2011 the Fifteen apprentices voted Danny the most inspirational and helpful staff member. Danny cooks healthy balanced lunches for the entire Online Team Monday-Thursday, no matter how busy he is, and actively supports Jamie's Ministry of Food and other initiatives to get people interested in cooking. Danny always goes above and beyond to support any area of the Jamie Oliver Group that he can.

 style=Tues 24-July-12
Ealing
John Relihan – Fifteen’s Apprentice Programme, Class of 2004. The first time John ever got on a plane was to apply for Fifteen’s Apprentice Programme. He’s originally from Ireland. Whilst on the training programme, John demonstrated good kitchen skills. He was always keen and willing to learn. He showed a great attitude towards his peers and the various jobs he was given to do. We knew from the onset that John had what it takes to become a very good chef. Becoming a distinction student! John then worked in some top restaurants and then travelled, working at restaurant Incanto in San Francisco among others. He is now working as a Senior Sous Chef in Jamie Oliver's restaurant Barbecoa, London.

 style=Tues 24-July-12
Ealing
Dennis Duncanson – Fifteen’s Apprentice Programme, Class of 2004. Dennis demonstrated really good kitchen skills when he was an apprentice. He was confident and hard working but sometimes required ‘guidance’ but learnt straight away. He was always keen to offer help to others. When we first heard Dennis’ name, it was always with the pre-fix ‘done time for joy-riding’. Although from a loving background, he clearly hadn’t grown up with structure and role models and it wasn’t clear if his time at Fifteen was going to be beneficial. We saw Dennis both physically and mentally beaten up and have seen him bounce back, with humour, respect and hard, hard work time after time.

 style=Tues 24-July-12
Ealing
Kevin Crowley – Fish Blockman, Fifteen London (volunteer). We first met Kevin when he was tasked to deliver a ‘fishmongery’ workshop to 18 eager apprentices at 5AM in a very cold Billingsgate Market. He said the encounter had awoken his enthusiasm for what he does and he had learnt so much from the apprentices themselves. After this, Kevin wanted to give something more back. He now volunteers his time 3 days a week training the apprentices in ‘fishmongery’ skills. This is in addition to working over 60 hours a week (nights) at his paid job. He works brilliantly with our apprentices. He is supportive and encouraging imparting his knowledge and skills to them. He is passionate about his trade and wanting to make a difference to young people’s lives. He is an absolute asset to the Fifteen team!

 style=Tues 24-July-12
Ealing
Nikki Giles – Assistant Programme Manager, Fifteen. Nikki has been working at Fifteen for over 3 years. In that time she has worked tirelessly to improve the programme and offer an abundance of opportunities for the apprentices to enhance their experience. She is the first person they go to when there are issues they are struggling to deal with. She offers words of encouragement but also has a ‘can-do’ mentality that means they are supported to deal with the challenges before them. Without her caring approach, many of the apprentices would fail.

 style=Tues 24-July-12
Ealing
Jodene Jordan – Fifteen’s Apprentice Programme Class of 2005. Jodene started her time at Fifteen as an apprentice. She worked hard over the 18 months to graduate. She worked on a number of ‘promotional’ activities demonstrating the skills she had learnt to try and ensure on-going funding for the Fifteen project. Close to graduation, Jodene realised she was pregnant and soon gave birth to a lovely son, Zak. Jodene continued to work at Fifteen in the kitchen supporting the next intake of apprentices. She was then the first person to complete a graduate training programme as a trainee ‘Procurement Assistant’. Realising that she still loved cooking, Jodene moved to the Jamie Oliver Food Team and is intrinsic to the delivery of Jamie’s recipes! She is a positive role model that acts as a mentor to the apprentices. In particular, she provides guidance and support to young Mum’s filling them with inspiration to be able to juggle motherhood and the challenges the programme provides.

 style=Tues 24-July-12
Ealing
Angela Morris – Marketing and Commercial Manager, Jamie Oliver Limited. Ange has worked with Fifteen since the first day the restaurant opened nearly 10 years ago. She is the oracle of Fifteen’s impressive history and has been influential in all aspects of Fifteen’s development to a successful restaurant with over 100+ graduates. Ange goes above and beyond her role to ensure that the charity is focussed on its objectives. She is supportive and encouraging to her peers but also is a champion of the graduates. She embodies everything that is wonderful about Fifteen and she is a great ambassador for the programme.

 style=Tues 24-July-12
Ealing
Tedros Hagos – Fifteen’s Apprentice Programme, Class of 2009. Tedros has overcome enormous personal difficulties to get where he is. He was granted asylum in the UK after fleeing from imprisonment in Ethiopia, following forced conscription into the army. Tedros arrived with nothing, lived in a church and is still unable to contact his family through fear for their safety. Remarkably he never uses his background as an excuse or barrier. Tedros has a natural ability in the kitchen and a thirst for learning. Tedros excelled in all areas of the apprenticeship gaining a Distinction! Tedros has a natural positive attitude and shows respect to everyone he encounters. He has been working at restaurant Coq d’Argent for the last 2 years and now oversees the training of his own apprentices. He is an outstanding example of a young person who has overcome great obstacles and grasps every opportunity to achieve his goals.

 style=Tues 24-July-12
Ealing
Lloyd Hayes – Fifteen’s Apprentice Programme, Class of 2005. Lloyd is a graduate from the Class of 2005. He is very honest about the challenges he’s faced and how he’s turned his life around. Since graduating, Lloyd has continued to volunteer his time as a positive role model to the next generation of apprentices. His career has always been charity and social enterprise based working with Crisis and Acorn House to now being Head Chef at The Waterhouse training young people to become professional chefs. Every year, he has donated his time to take a group of graduates to San Patrignano in Italy and replay a positive message to other ‘troubled’ people with a positive and inspirational story.


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