JOFR Season 2 Episode 1Fri 15 Apr 2011
Story by The Food Revolution Team
This week Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution was back on US screens with Season 2. This time Jamie is bringing his campaign to America’s second largest city, Los Angeles, in his biggest challenge yet.
In the first season, Jamie visited the town of Huntington, West Virginia – dubbed the “fattest town in America”- in an attempt to inspire a positive change in the residents’ eating habits. A year on and the Food Revolution’s legacy, Huntington’s Kitchen, is still thriving with classes booked up. We are excited to see the possibilities of positive change in LA this year.
In Tuesday’s Season 2 premiere Jamie set out on a mission to try and improve the quality of school meals in LA. It becomes clear that it isn’t going to be easy when the Los Angeles School District (LAUSD) deny him access to their schools, but not to be deterred Jamie takes a different approach. Jamie calls out to parents and teachers to help him appeal against the LAUSD decision to lock him out of the school lunch program.
A breakthrough comes when Jamie is allowed into the kitchen of West Adams Prep, a public school operated under a partnership between the LAUSD and MLA Partner Schools, allowing its leaders to make some decisions independently.
It’s here we meet Sophia, a 17 year old girl whose parents and 13 year old sister all have type 2 diabetes due to their diet – this is why the Food Revolution is here! Jamie also attends a school lunch convention where he discovers a seminar advocating flavored milk in schools, he is speechless. They don’t want to listen to his concerns about the added sugar in flavored milk.
Jamie takes action by staging a dramatic demonstration involving a school bus and a lot of sugar (see image above) – this represents the amount of sugar the 650,000 kids in the LAUSD are getting each week through sugary milk.
Jamie also battled with the proprietor of a local drive thru to try and put his own brand of healthy fast food on the menu. Dino, owner of family-run Patra’s Charbroiled Burgers, looks set to be one of Jamie’s hardest challenges this season. Coupled with the ongoing tension with the LAUSD, Jamie feels the pressure but is ready to fight!
Stay tuned! Watch Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Tuesday’s 8/7c on ABC.
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