Jamie has today (Sunday) welcomed changes to the curriculum in UK schools which will see cookery lessons becoming compulsory for 7-14-year-olds from September 2014.
The changes will hopefully mean children will be able to cook at least 20 different meals from scratch before they start GCSE studies.
Jamie’s school dinners campaign continues to fight obesity and educate youngsters about food, but last year the Government commissioned the founders of Leon restaurants, John Vincent and Henry Dimbleby, to further report on the state of school food.
Jamie said earlier: “Henry and John have worked extremely hard in pulling the whole school food story together and I think they’ve done a brilliant job of representing many different viewpoints, from teachers and parents to campaign groups, as well as individuals, like myself. It’s a critical time for children’s health right now, and government have a tremendous responsibility to get this right. School food and school food education is paramount.”
Jamie continued: “The commitment to food education is a great milestone, but there’s still a lot more commitment needed from Mr Gove. This is the first bit of good news in a long, long time and a big victory for our children’s futures. Most importantly, they’ve got the government to see reason where many of us couldn’t. Onwards and upwards.”