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'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' Happening Now in Santa Monica

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Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution has taken it to the streets, 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica to be specific, and LAist is on the scene as Jamie hosts his Los Angeles County High School Culinary Student Cooking Competition. It’s a festive morning here, as cheerleaders and members of the marching band root for the eight teams, comprised of 32 students from local LA high schools.

Each team is mentored by either Jamie or one of seven other prominent Chefs: Ben Ford, Evan Funke, Joseph Gillard, Seth Greenberg, Eric Greenspan, Amy Pressman and Susanne Tracht. Michael Symon from the Food Network’s Iron Chef America and Jonathan Waxman of Bravo’s Top Chef: Masters are judging the competition.

There’s still plenty of parking and the fist round of the competition will be going until 1:30 p.m. The top three teams will move on to round two, which will begin at 2:15 p.m. and wrap up around 5:30 p.m. Who will rise victorious? Perhaps the team that manages to make the most of their first "mystery ingredient." Each team just received a bag of avocados. Oh, the possibilities!

Cooking stations are set up between Broadway and Santa Monica Blvd. in the 1400 Block of 3rd Street. High schools represented by the eight teams are: Arcadia, El Rancho, Lynwood, Rowland, Alhambra Unified, Santee, Temple City and West Adam Prep. Come by and cheer on your favorite school, celebrity chef or Jamie himself for this latest effort to help the kids and families of Los Angeles to cook and eat more healthfully.