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The Better Food Foundation
Food is at the heart of everything we do and we work in three main areas: in schools, where we educate children about the joys of growing and cooking fresh food; through the Fifteen Restaurant group, where we empower disengaged youngsters by training them for careers in the restaurant industry; and in communities, where our cooking centres inspire individuals to feed themselves better and make healthier, smarter food choices. We passionately believe that better food equals a better life – for everyone.
Educate to instill positive eating habits that will last a lifetime.
Empower by making practical skills and good information available to as many people as possible.
Inspire individuals to get cooking and take greater control over their lives and their choices.
Under the Better Food Foundation there are three activities:
Jamie’s Kitchen Garden Project
Setting kids up for life
We teach primary school children the joys of growing and cooking their own food in the hope that it will plant a seed for positive eating habits that will last a lifetime. We believe it is absolutely vital to teach children about food and practical cooking skills from a young age in order to have any long-term effect.
Educate children about food: what it is, where it comes from and how it impacts on their health and wellbeing.
Empower children by arming them with the tools they need to prepare meals from scratch and the knowledge to make better food choices for themselves, and their future families.
Inspire children, parents and teachers to build on these foundations.
“My wish is that every child leaving school at the age of 16 is equipped with the skills and knowledge to understand where food comes from, how to cook it, and how it affects their body. This is about setting kids up for life.” Jamie Oliver
The Fifteen Apprentice Programme
Using the magic of food to transform lives
We use the magic of food to give unemployed young people a chance for a better future. By training for careers in the restaurant industry individuals unlock the potential not only to transform their own lives, but also those of their families and communities.
Educate and support young people through a tailor-made training programme so they can perform and excel in the food industry, and in life.
Empower young people by providing knowledge, skills and a structured framework so brighter opportunities present themselves in the future.
Inspire young people to turn not only their own lives around, but to also share what they have learned with others.
“I set up Fifteen because I believe young people have untapped talents that are often hidden by problems in their home lives. These talents can be freed by a passion for good food and meaningful hard work.” Jamie Oliver
Jamie’s Ministry of Food
Keeping cooking skills alive
Our increasing dependency on ready-made foods is wreaking havoc on our health. We’re on a path towards a diet-related health catastrophe, and a lack of food knowledge and cooking know-how is largely to blame. Our Ministry of Food centres aim to address this problem at a grassroots level by providing a place where individuals and groups can access practical cooking classes and good information. Our goal is to teach as many people as possible how to make delicious, everyday meals from scratch.
Educate by offering classes that teach basic cooking skills and nutritional information to as many people as possible..
Empower people by arming them with the knowledge and skills they need to cook a balanced meal.
Inspire people to change their eating habits and become healthier, happier individuals.
“Whether someone is a complete beginner or a good cook who likes simplicity, Ministry of Food is about inspiring people to get in the kitchen and cook from scratch. With some basic skills and a handful of recipes, tasty, nutritious meals can be prepared on any budget.” Jamie Oliver