Jaimie Oliver Slammed By Whitehall

Have you heard this one? Chef Jaimie Oliver, who brought his Food Revolution to the states recently, is under attack by members of the British government. We were big supporters of his Food Revolution, getting American families, especially kids, to eat better.

The Associated Press reports:

Britain’s new health minister has rejected celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s approach to improving school food and tackling childhood obesity. Andrew Lansley has told the British Medical Association that the chef’s campaign to improve nutrition among students did not result in more children eating school meals. Oliver has campaigned since 2004 to ban junk food in Britain’s schools and reform children’s unhealthy diet. He has recently taken his campaign to West Virginia. Lansley says Wednesday “constantly lecturing people” and telling them what to eat is counterproductive.

But Chef Oliver didn’t take this criticism lightly.

”To say School Dinners hasn’t worked is not just inaccurate but is also an insult to the hard work of hundreds of thousands of dinner ladies, teachers, headteachers and parent helpers who strive to feed schoolkids a nutritious, hot meal for 190 days of the year. Any problems that we’ve been having in school meals is more often than not down to continuing lack of funds for training of school catering staff. As far as the minister’s comment on lecturing is concerned, I’ve never really lectured in any of my campaigns. I’ll post him a copy of the School Dinners series as he’s clearly never seen it. Moreover, I hope that we can meet soon so I can hear more about his practical ideas for ensuring this generation of children doesn’t die earlier than their parents.”

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