CELEBRITY chef Jamie Oliver's dream of turning Ipswich residents into healthy-eating kitchen stars started last night with a virtual cooking lesson in d'Arcy Doyle Place.
Streaming live from his London kitchen to Ipswich – and homes across Australia through his website – Oliver taught participants in the lesson how to cook three fresh, healthy meals.
Watched by a large crowd, the group, including Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Premier Anna Bligh and Ipswich MP Rachel Nolan, he cooked piri piri chicken, prepared a salad and whipped up a dessert.
Two members of the crowd were also hauled up behind a kitchen station to join in the lesson.
Junior MasterChef judge Anna Gare hosted the evening which, along with the cooking class, included Oliver sharing some tips and stories with the audience.
Cr Pisasale said it was just the first step in what would be a long and healthy relationship with the Ministry of Food in Ipswich.
“The feeling that he generates – the passion for food – is amazing. That's what it's all about, getting people passionate about eating well and eating healthy,” Cr Pisasale said.
Oliver told the crowd he was looking forward to getting his Ministry of Food centre in Ipswich up and running so the whole community could get involved in similar lessons.
It is expected to open early next year.
The training facility at d'Arcy Doyle Place will be used to combat obesity by teaching people basic cooking skills and good nutrition, with tips offered on ingredients, shopping and budgeting.
It is the result of a partnership between Queensland Health, Ipswich City Council and the Good Food Foundation.
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