Recently, there was considerable chatter across Facebook, Twitter, and the blogosphere about Chef Jamie Oliver winning a TED Award. TED (Technology Entertainment Design): Ideas Worth Sharing, is a non-profit organization that sponsors worldwide conferences, a video site, community programs, and the TED award.
The TED award goes to a “leader in his/her chosen field of work, with an unconventional viewpoint and a vision to transform the world.” The winner receives $100,000, “One Wish to Change the World,” and the use of TED’s resources and community to fulfill that wish.
Jamie Oliver’s wish was to “create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again, and empower people everywhere to fight obesity.” The project includes establishing “a network of community kitchens; launching a traveling food theater that will teach kids practical food and cooking skills in an entertaining way and provide basic training for parents and professionals; and bringing millions of people together through an online community to drive the fight against obesity.” Jamie’s work begins in Huntington, West Virginia, a community where childhood obesity is an epidemic.
Keep your eye on this blog for the next few weeks as we profile Natural Gourmet staff, students, and graduates who are also making meaningful contributions to educating youth about food and health. Look for:
- A recap of NGI Instructor Rich LaMarita’s collaboration with high school students from The Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders. Rich will mentor students in creating a catering event to kick off their Growing Leaders Garden Project.
- An interview with NGI graduate Jennifer Paulson, Culinary Director of Sprouts Academy in Chicago, Illinois. Sprouts Academy is a pre-school devoted to teaching children a green, natural approach to “Diet, Environment, and Social Responsibility.
- A discussion with NGI graduate Ellen Emerson, Sous Chef at New York’s WITS (Wellness in the Schools), a non-profit promoting “children’s environmental health, nutrition and fitness in the NYC public schools.”
- An update from Stefania Patinella, Director of Food and Nutrition programs at The Children’s Aid Society, where she created and runs Seed to Table, a gardening and healthy cooking program for kids and their families.