Unstoppable Duo Whipping Up Change In SlovakiaTue 28 Jan 2014
Story by Sarah Curl
Introducing our February Ambassador of the Month!
Ambassador of the Month is a feature which highlights the amazing volunteers we have around the world. Ambassadors who have been chosen show an unwavering desire for change in their communities. They are fighting for real food and food education skills and donate their time every month to make this happen.
This month are highlighted ambassadors are Janica Lacova and Aneta Orosiova. For the first time we haven chosen two ambassadors because they’ve been immensely active in Slovakia, working together on all their real food projects.
Janica is the founder of Jemine.sk and aims to never stop developing her skills and exploring new abilities in the kitchen.
Aneta has experience doing marketing in gastronomy and a focus on special dietary needs for people with allergies and other health issues, she is passionate about good food, creation of unique experiences, which make a difference.
Tell us a little about why you wanted to get involved in the Food Revolution?
The reason why we decided to apply for becoming a part of the Food Revolution Ambassador team, is because we think that the brand itself has a power to change the way people think about food. Fighting for better eating habits in our community is much easier if we have the support of such a strong brand as FR itself is. Jamie and his team has always been a big inspiration for us and we thought that we could do much more if we became Ambassadors.
How has the Ambassador Program helped you accomplish your goals?
As Jamie's Food Revolution is well known in Slovakia, it is of great help to use it for our advantage. The tasks, which are monthly delivered to all Ambassadors are very inspiring and help us achieve our goals. But the thing is that it is necessary to think locally and apply the challenges to the needs of our community.
What have you been able to achieve since becoming an Ambassador?
Since we teamed up to start fighting for real food, it has been very effective to achieve results. These are some of the most interesting moments from our Food Revolution activities from the last season:
• During the summer, we've been able to promote good food at two of the biggest music festivals where we ran a healthy fast food and cooking showroom. We also presented what we stand for to thousands of people with great feedback.
• We cooked and prepared real food for big conferences, fashion shows and we just started organizing brunches on a regular basis in one of the most popular local Italian restaurants. What we pursue with these activities is to offer excellent meals prepared from fresh and healthy ingredients, even though it is more difficult to put into practice, as we have to overcome strict legal and other obstacles on our mission to successfully spread food revolution’s story.
• Among other events we organized a discussion about local food businesses for the Food Revolution in Slovakia, a Raw Food discussion, participated in TedX Prague, opened a pop-up cooking school in Stará Tžnica Christmas market and hosted a Food Revolution discussion at a high school in Bratislava.
What real food initiative are you currently working on in your community? How's it going?
Currently, we are setting up a foundation, a non-profit organization called Dojem in order to get more support from third parties, so that we can spread our activities and make a bigger impact on one's thinking about healthy food at schools, work and our communities in Slovakia. As you may now, our groups Jemine and Kredentz fight for better awareness about food and nutrition in Slovakia. We already have thousands online fans who are asking more and more about the place they would find us. And that's the reason why we decided to open our first sales point - Food Hub in the historical centre of Bratislava, which used to be a real market selling farmers products, running lots of interesting businesses, where we are setting up a cooking school/culinary institute, professional kitchen that will serve our catering needs.
And finally, we plan to open a bistro, selling especially home made sandwiches, wraps and baguettes, soups, salads and other simple main dishes as well as freshly baked cakes made of local and seasonal products, to show people that fast food can be delicious, affordable, healthy and still competitive among other big players in Bratislava. What is maybe the most interesting fact about the whole thing, it is that we will be giving job opportunities to homeless people who will be professionally trained.
Tell us a little more about the real food movement in Slovakia.
There is still a need of people with interest for real food! So, feel free to join us and start fighting for better eating habits!
Find out more about our Food Revolution Ambassador program and apply to become one here!
About the Author: Sarah Curl is the Food Revolution Community Manager for the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation (USA).
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