Saturday, March 27, 2010
VIVA LA FOOD REVOLUTION!
In this episode of "Food Revolution," Jamie Oliver shows children how chicken nuggets are actually made. Can he transform them?
Unless you're some wiry gym rat with the metabolism of a hummingbird, you may struggle with keeping your weight down. Eating healthily can be difficult when you're on the go, racing to work, and don't have a personal chef. Jamie Oliver, the personable English chef, premiered a new show Friday called "Food Revolution," where he tries to change the eating habits of the residents of Huntington, West Virginia, the most unhealthy city in America. He meets some resistance, and a snarky radio interviewer scoffs, "We don't want to sit around and eat lettuce all day." Jamie should have slapped that guy, but he's a polite lad from Essex where his parents taught him some civility--unlike the ill-mannered radio host who was obviously raised in a barn.
Jamie Oliver, a decent chap, in the school cafeteria in Huntington, West Virginia
"On his first day in Huntington, W. Va.," writes Alex Witchel in the New York Times, "Jamie Oliver spent the afternoon at Hillbilly Hot Dogs, pitching in to cook its signature 15-pound burger. That’s 10 pounds of meat, 5 pounds of custom-made bun, American cheese, tomatoes, onions, pickles, ketchup, mustard and mayo. Then he learned how to perfect the Home Wrecker, the eatery’s famous 15-inch, one-pound hot dog (boil first, then grill in butter). For the Home Wrecker Challenge, the dog gets 11 toppings, including chili sauce, jalapeños, liquid nacho cheese and coleslaw. Finish it in 12 minutes or less and you get a T-shirt."
In the parlance of Huntington, "Kinda gross, huh?" No wonder over half the adults here are obese, and the area leads the nation in heart disease and diabetes.
Check out Jamie Oliver's website--along with more info about "Food Revolution" (there's also a video of Genarro making porchetta that looks delicious). jamieoliver.com