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Jamie Oliver Getting the Sunday Slot, Acing Out 'Castle'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 11th 2010 7:08PM
'Castle' might be reeling that they aren't scoring the coveted Sunday slot, but at least it's not going to some dreary rerun and maybe even a worthy cause.

'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution,' the reality series in which the famed British chef attempts to spark change in the West Virginia city that the Centers for Disease Control named the unhealthiest in America, will air on Sunday, March 21 in the 10 p.m. slot followed by repeats and new episodes every Friday.

The show mirrors his attempt to revamp the British school food program. This time, it chronicles the chef's attempt to "plant the seed" of change in Huntington, W.V., the same town that scorned his help and drove him to the brink of tears. Here's just a taste of the town's reaction to his offer to help. I'm shocked that the guy in this clip was spitting hamburger crumbs at Jamie as he refused to eat "lettuce".

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First, I'm sure there's editing involved and the situation isn't as one-sided as the show would lead the viewer to believe. That said, I think it's fair to say there's also a bit of truth to what was shown.

It would seem that a majority of the people who were on camera are simply ignorant about healthy food choices and the implications of a poor diet.

Pizza for breakfast? Over-sugared flavored milks? Tons of waste from lunch? No organic or recycleable sorting?

Disgraceful to say the least. I hope he can make some lasting changes and that the US as a whole can look to revising its nutritional requirements.

Then again, this is the country that gave Dubya eight years, so I won't expect any miracles.

March 24 2010 at 12:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeanne Branick

Jamie, I love what you are doing and your courageousness in trying
to take on the American school cafeteria system!! As
a mother of a senior in high school, I chose to feed my son instead of fighting to change menus in the schools starting from elementary school through high school. He has never
eaten any of the school cafeteria food; which is basically glorified fast food. Now I face the biggest challenge of my life as a mother who is committed to healthy cooking- my son is going to college in the Fall and will be living in the dorms and 'forced' to take the food plan at college.

Jamie, please, I beg you- to help me help educate the food mgr./ chefs on how to feed at least one nutritious food item per meal- to have cooked food and not frozen processed crap that is basically just being heated.

Thank You.

Jeanne Branick
p.s. my son has the additional challenge of having to eat gluten-free and limits his intake of dairy.

March 22 2010 at 12:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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