My Food Revolution DayThu 20 Jun 2013
Story by Phoebe Ewers
The Food Revolution really has taken off all round the world! On May 17th I was excited and proud to be celebrating Food Revolution Day at Jamie Oliver’s Street party in London. It was a huge success as people visited from all round the world to enjoy the variety of food, cooking demonstrations and tasters from top chefs and to meet our own inspirational Jamie Oliver!
Down at the street party there were a vast variety of stalls, from The Wright Brothers serving their fresh oysters, to Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa serving their delicious pulled pork wraps. Among my favourites were the ‘Pledgetable Patch’ and the Fifteen Apprentice stall.
On the ‘Pledgetable Patch’ was a ‘pledge tree’ - a heart-warming way for people to share their healthy eating commitments and goals for 2013. Even if you make a little change it will always make you feel better about yourself and improve on a healthy eating lifestyle.
It was a pleasure to meet the apprentices from Fifteen, a program Jamie set up in the early 90s to offer young, unemployed people the experience of learning to work in the restaurant business, training alongside professional chefs and mentors. Throughout the entire day you could see their hard work and passion for what they love and do, creating and serving spit roast new season lamb with rosemary and Hasan’s special salsa sauce served with handmade freshly baked wraps, along with pots of Ben’s Bad Bowy Chilli Jams, amazing!
Earlier in the day schools from the local area visited to make and enjoy homemade pizzas. It was great to see the children having such fun while learning important cooking skills that they can progress and share.
The whole street looked amazing with all the stalls buzzing and the demonstration kitchen attracting a huge crowd- especially when Jamie came on and cooked his delicious salted fish!
This was the second annual Food Revolution Day, and it has already grown dramatically with passionate people from Italy to Peru taking part and supporting the Food Revolution movement, helping to keep cooking skills alive. Altogether there were 1,268 activities that took place for Food Revolution Day in 74 countries running through 660 cities. And all kinds of activities too - from friends getting together for a dinner party, recipes being blogged for everyone to learn and share from, demos at food markets in Hong Kong and Lebanon and cooking education lessons and competitions in schools all round the world.
It has been an amazing, interesting and inspirational opportunity to work within the Food Revolution Day team. I loved being involved with all the passionate and hardworking ambassadors around the world and I am so excited to see what evolves for Food Revolution Day 2014!
About the author: Phoebe Ewers – I am fresh, new and passionate about this industry and have enjoyed my time being able to work for Food Revolution Day 2013. I am excited for what new and exciting challenges will come my way and will always make a stand for good food and essential cooking skills!
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