Do you dream in chocolate? If you're a public school child, you probably do! On the second season premier of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, the chef and children's food advocate began his mission to overhaul the Los Angeles school system's cafeteria food. His first target – the flavored milks served with every meal. While some argue that adding sugary flavorings is the only way to entice tots to drink the calcium- and vitamin D-rich beverage, others, including the popular chef, suggest the added sweetners are responsible for childhood diabetes, obese kids, and a host of other health issues. Before handing your child another milk box, take this quiz to see how much you know about flavored milks.Take the Quiz
In Chicago, some schools have engaged in their own Food Revolution, banning packed lunches (except when a child has allergies or dietary restrictions) and requiring tots to eat the $2.25 a day lunch the school provides. Explaining her reasoning for making the decision, one principal said, "It's about the nutrition and the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It's milk versus a Coke." Despite the principals' best intentions, the schools are seeing similar reactions to what Jamie Oliver saw in West Virginia last year (and maybe the same one he'll see in Los Angeles when Season 2 begins tonight) – many kids are throwing their school-made food away and going home hungry. Would you support a similar program at your lil ones' school?
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The Naked Chef, Jamie Oliver, is back for season two of his hit reality show, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. Unlike last season, where he took on the unhealthy Huntington, WV, this time around you'll find Jamie challenging the entire city of Los Angeles's school system to offer healthier food options for its students. Our own YumSugar team recently sat down for an exclusive interview with Jamie, and here's what he said about why he chose LA as the hub for his second installment:
We went to LA for two reasons: one, I didn't want to go back to the next unhealthiest town in America, 'cause I didn't want it to be seen as a format; two, there's enough good sh*t going on in California, genuinely, amongst a lot of bad stuff. From a blatantly strategic point of view, if we can make any form of change in California . . . if anything happens in law . . . anything we achieve there will go across the whole of America.
It's sure to be another drama-filled, entertaining season. Food Revolution airs tomorrow at 8/7c on ABC.
Food Revolution's second season returns to ABC April 12 at 8 p.m. The comeback takes place in Los Angeles and faces an entirely new set of challenges, including resistance from the city's public school system.
While in South Beach, Katie and I took a minute to ask the chef about season two, his troubles with the Los Angeles school system, and what he thought of Huntington losing its school funding. His surprising answers, when you read more.
Although he received no support from the Los Angeles School District, British chef Jamie Oliver was able to shoot the entire second season of his documentary-like reality show, Food Revolution, in LA. The program will debut on April 12, and here we have the first preview. With scenes that show a teenage boy declaring honey comes from a bear and a family's living room full of the junk food they eat in a year, it's clear our nation is in need of this sort of wake-up call. Check out a sneak peek of the Revolution below and tell me what you think in the comments. Will you tune in?
The cheese line includes the likes of parmigiano-reggiano wedges aged for two years in the hills of Parma, Italy; cave-aged gorgonzola and mascarpone layered cheese from the Italian Alps; barrel aged-feta; Fior di Latte mozzarella; and tubs of ricotta and mascarpone. The cheeses will be a continuation of Oliver's existing pasta, meat, sauce, snack, and spice lines, which are available worldwide in countries from Holland to Brazil.
Looks like the food revolutionary, restaurateur, TV host, cookbook author, and media personality can add "cheesemonger" to his growing list of titles. In fact, the Naked Chef has fallen under fire from fellow UK culinary personality Marco Pierre White, who criticized him for not being a "real chef." Where do you stand? Would you buy Jamie's line of cheese products if you saw it at your local grocery store?
This is just the latest snag in Jamie Oliver's American crusade. After announcing plans to film season two of Food Revolution in Los Angeles, he was first turned down by the city's school district, and later challenged to propose three weeks of school menus that fit a 77-cents-per-serving budget.
Thankfully, judging by the chef's tweets, he hasn't given up just yet. But with so much on his plate (including a brand-new British TV project announced today), it's hard to imagine he can truly effect change with America's obesity epidemic. Do you think Jamie Oliver's food overhaul still holds promise?
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- Seattle's Best Coffee: coming soon to a Delta flight near you. — Reuters
- Groupon has pulled its controversial Super Bowl ads. — Eater
- Eggs have less cholesterol than previously thought. — USA Today
- Chicago's Grammy-approved sweets. — PopSugar Chicago
- LA school district lets Jamie Oliver propose three weeks of school menus. — Change.org
- Former Bon Appetit editor in chief Barbara Fairchild has a new gig. — The Cutline
- A wall-mounted spice rack that's most modern. — CasaSugar
- Andrew Zimmern's five favorite Chicago foods. — Grubstreet CHI
- If you have to drink a 40, which one tastes best? — Serious Eats
- Texas butter shown to have traces of flame retardants! — Diner's Journal
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- The art of the Super Bowl sandwich. — The Atlantic
- The Los Angeles School District refuses to let Jamie Oliver film in any of its schools. — LA Times
- The Starbucks trenta cup can hold an entire bottle of wine. — Eater
- Here's a great vegan chili recipe. — Huffington Post Food
- 12 ways to get kids to eat well. — Culinate
- Chef Jose Garces is distressed by the US immigration policy. — Grub Street Phillie
- Check out the documentary about uber-chef Paul Liebrandt. — A Mouthful
- Homemade vs. store-bought: Which seven-layer dip tastes better? — Serious Eats
Jamie's latest TV program, Jamie's Food Escapes, debuts Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on the Cooking Channel. According to the network, in the six-episode series, the chef will be "heading off the tourist track and exploring the authentic ingredients and extraordinary characters" of various regions.
First up is Venice, where he meets the city's Risotto King, visits aristocrats in a traditional palazzo, and fishes for prawns with Venetian fishermen. Jamie's Food Escapes will also feature destinations such as Athens, the French Pyrenees, Andalucía, Stockholm, and Marrakesh. I'll be sure to tune in, even though my house is sans Cooking Channel.
Considering he's your favorite male chef, do you think you'll watch as well?