Did you know that there are more than 43 million children worldwide under the age of five who are overweight or obese? Before they can even cook their health is at risk because of what they eat, and the habits they pick up can last a lifetime. That means we need to act now.
Every year, Jamie hosts Food Revolution Day, a day of action where thousands of people all over the world make a stand for the right to good food and essential cooking skills – and this year’s Food Revolution Day falls on Friday 16 May, and this time it’s all about the kids.
We want to get them excited about cooking; we want to get them in the kitchen and in the garden, learning about where food comes from and how a love of good food is also a step towards eating healthily. So in April we’ll be launching a new website full of ideas on how to get involved and tips on hosting events, as well as healthy recipes for kids and adults alike.
We’ve got some amazing plans for the day too. For a start, we’re running a global competition for you to win a cooking lesson with Jamie himself. All you have to do is donate to the cause, and you could be on an expenses-paid trip to London to meet Jamie. Last year the lovely Annie Fenech and her partner from Australia were flown over to London, where they cooked up a rotolo with Jamie in his office. The details on how to enter are coming soon…
On top of that, Jamie will be doing a live online cooking lesson, and we’re hoping over 1 million kids will be in their kitchens at school cooking along with him because we’re going for a Guinness World Record! There are lots more announcements to be made about the day, so watch this space.
We’ve already started hearing about what all you lovely people will be getting up to on 16 May too – from cooking events in schools in Massey, Canada, to foodie art exhibitions in Kuwait, it’s a revolution that’s starting to spread.
There are loads of ways you can get involved, either by becoming an ambassador, getting in touch with another local campaigner, running a local event, or just getting your kids in the kitchen to cook with you on the day. Let us know what you have planned by contacting us at @foodrev on Twitter, on our Facebook page, or emailing us at FRD@jamieoliver.com.