The City of Onkaparinga, near Adelaide, will be the site of a new pop-up Jamie Oliver cookery school.

The new Ministry of Food centre will open at Colonnades shopping centre later this year, after winning a competition launched by launched by Jamie in February to find a location for a new cookery school. There were over 170 entrants, with more than 15,000 people signing petitions in support of their local bid.

Ministry of Food cookery schools are about inspiring even the most inexperienced cook in making meals from scratch through hands-on cooking classes teaching them where food comes from and how it affects their bodies.

The Colonnades and local council put forward a strong case, offering the site rent-free and demonstrating a real need for food education in the area. Jamie announced the winner at a special Ministry of Food cook-off, Kitchen Talk with Jamie, held at Carriageworks in Eveleigh last week.

He said: “It’s amazing that so many Australian communities applied for the pop-up kitchen and I wish we could be in every community. However, I know we’re going to have some fun teaching City of Onkaparinga residents how to cook nutritious meals from scratch.”

Jamie already has Ministry of Food schools in Ipswich and Geelong, as well as a mobile kitchen that travels throughout Queensland and Victoria. Lessons are booked out months in advance, so a new site is very welcome news.

“170 communities right across Australia are telling us they want to instigate change in their community and want to make it healthier. We wish we could have given more communities a pop-up kitchen, as they all went to extraordinary lengths and were all deserving of one,” said Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia CEO, Alicia Peardon. “We hope this leads to more than one.”

Happily, there is another permanent Ministry of Food centre opening in Wetherill Park later this year. For more information click here.