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'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' Making Waves in LA

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“Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution" has come to Los Angeles. Jamie is trying to get into the LAUSD as part of his food advocacy efforts, but he’s been told he and his Emmy-award winning show are not welcome in our schools. Spend five minutes talking with the impassioned chef, and you’ll know that a “no” won’t stop him from trying. Yesterday, there was a sign that his very vocal perseverance may eventually pay off.

The Huffington Post ran an op-ed piece from Megan Chernin, Chair of the Board of MLA Partner Schools. This organization independently operates two South LA schools in a unique partnership with the LAUSD. Chernin pointed out that a high percentage of the children served by the LAUSD are obese or nearly so, with 50 percent of the 6,300 students at MLA Partner Schools hitting that mark.

“We cannot put this issue on the back burner,” says Chernin, “And, that's why I want to listen to what Jamie Oliver has to say.” She says that at the core, what needs to change is unhealthy diets and poor eating habits. Chernin thinks that if a celebrity chef who happens to have a hit reality show wants to help her to help her students, the least she can do is invite him to lunch.

LAist recently met with Jamie, who has just begun filming the second season of “Food Revolution,” at his set in Westwood near UCLA. The reality crews were rolling as Jamie told us about how he keeps them well-fed on set. He talked about what challenges Americans face and changes they can make to improve their health. And, as it’s the cause close to his heart, Jamie brings it all back to school kids.