The Big Feastival is proud to be raising funds for the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.
Shaping the future through food education.
Food education is at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is to shape the health and wellbeing of current and future generations and contribute to a healthier world, by providing better access to food education for everyone. We do this through our food education programmes, all of which give people the knowledge to understand where food comes from, how to cook it, and how it affects their lives. We work in schools, where our Kitchen Garden Project and Home Cooking Skills resources educate primary and secondary school children about the joys of growing and cooking from scratch; in communities, where our Ministry of Food programme inspires people of all ages to get in the kitchen and give cooking a go; and with disengaged young people, where our Fifteen Apprentice Programme provides inspiration and support to those pursuing a career in the food industry.
Food is at the heart of everything Jamie does – it has the power to transform lives, and that is what the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation is all about.
The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation has three flagship programmes:
Grow it. Cook it. Love it.
One in three children in the UK is overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school at age 11. Kids who learn to cook are more willing to try new foods, have better diets, and are more aware of the importance of making healthier choices.
By teaching children about food, where it comes from, how to cook it and how it affects their bodies, the resources and recipes equip children with the knowledge and confidence to cook from scratch, as well as forming positive eating habits that will last a lifetime.
Our work also extends to secondary schools through Jamie’s Home Cooking Skills, a BTEC-accredited programme.
“If we can get gardens, school food and the curriculum working together, we’ve got a really potent catalyst for change.”Jamie Oliver
Using the magic of food to transform lives
Unemployment amongst 18-24 year olds has hit a 17 year high, with more young people out of a job than at any time since records began.
Every year, the Fifteen restaurant recruits 18 apprentices, aged between 18 and 25, and trains them to become professional chefs through its unique 12-month programme, which includes on-the-job learning, college-based education and personal development. Most of our graduates from Fifteen London still work in the food industry today. Fifteen also runs an extensive Outreach Programme, working with hundreds more people each year to help them unlock their potential in the kitchen.
“I set up Fifteen because I believe young people have untapped talents that are often hidden by problems in their home lives. These talents can be freed by a passion for good food and meaningful hard work.” Jamie Oliver
Keeping cooking skills alive
Diet-related health is responsible for around 1 in 10 of all deaths in the UK. We’re on a path towards a diet-related health catastrophe, and a lack of food knowledge and cooking know-how is largely to blame.
All classes use Jamie Oliver recipes and resources, specifically developed with nutrition and balance in mind, and aim to build an individual’s confidence to cook good, affordable, nutritious meals for themselves and their families. Trained Ministry of Food teachers inspire thousands of people to cook from scratch every year in centres and through Outreach Programmes across the UK.
“Whether someone is a complete beginner or a good cook who likes simplicity, Ministry of Food is about inspiring people to get in the kitchen and cook from scratch. With some basic skills and a handful of recipes, tasty, nutritious meals can be prepared on any budget.” Jamie Oliver