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Is cookery in crisis?

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 17:21 UK time, Monday, 6 October 2008

Phil Tufnell tries 'passing on' his cookery skills for a One Show film

The rise of junk food and bad eating habits mean that this could be the first generation in which children are expected to live shorter lives than their parents.

Jamie Oliver is a celebrity chef with a mission. With Jamie's Ministry of Food, his new Channel 4 TV show, he wants to get the nation off processed food and re-teach us how to quickly cook good, basic, healthy food from scratch, passing it on to family and friends.

The Ministry of Food that the series takes its name from was set up after the Second World War. It helped teach an entire generation the necessary skills to prepare home cooked meals from a few good ingredients.

Is British cookery in crisis again? Why? And is Jamie Oliver the chef to sort it out? Please leave your first name and location if you'd like your comment to be mentioned on the tv programme.


  • 1. At 7:07pm on 06 Oct 2008, zergon wrote:

    Jamie may be inteested to know , in Wales , they are considering laws to keep stodge out of school . Isn't that a step too far ?

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  • 2. At 7:17pm on 06 Oct 2008, incrediblejuniorjake wrote:

    could jamie give his reaction on a secondary school in cornwall selling popcorn dusted with cocoa powder to the children at lunchtime, and pasta king pots being sold at £1.60 apot. also at lunch whilst pasta with cheese and white sauce is already on the menu? a worried paerent in cornwall.

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  • 3. At 7:26pm on 06 Oct 2008, largeHappycook wrote:

    I think Jamie's latest book is brilliant and inspired us all into trying and using simple everyday foods. I would sincerely encourage people who think they can't cook to take a look.

    Many thanks Wendy Smith West Sussex

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  • 4. At 7:35pm on 06 Oct 2008, wilkotrebbor wrote:

    Like Jaimie, i believe everyone can cook and it is all a matter of confidenceand learnig some basic techniques and then having the courage to experiment and learn from your mistakes.

    As an aside there was a piece of music accompanying the Charles Darwin item. Does anyone know the title of the piece that was playing?

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  • 5. At 7:36pm on 06 Oct 2008, Spud1956 wrote:

    Could I ask Jamie: I cook for my family everyday but one of my daughters is vegetarian this meens she sometimes cannot eat what the rest of the family have, could you give me any ideas of meals i can cook for the whole family? thank- you.


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  • 6. At 7:37pm on 06 Oct 2008, jvhughes wrote:

    Jamie Oliver is a great guy but I can't take him seriously while he advertises for Sainsburys; I can never feel that his reasons are not driven by a team of people at Sainsburys HQ who have the company's interest in mind.

    I also feel that someone needs to point out to Jamie that 1859 was anything but pre Industrial Revolution; it was well under way at that time and consequently his comment about how people ate in 1859 was, frankly, rubbish. If you don't know your facts keep your mouth shut Jamie!

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  • 7. At 8:03pm on 06 Oct 2008, Takamo wrote:

    Whilst I fully support Jamie's efforts to get the country cooking, I can't help but feel that Jamie's massaging the muddled middle classes.Firstly the target of his 'ministry' are not going to drop fast quick and cheap convenience foods for a healthier time- consuming, more expensive alternative.
    His efforts although brave and commendable are ultimately futile,from 'chippy' take-aways to pan fried tuna steaks is much too big a leap.Jamie has made reference to the wartime ministry of food, who's advice was centred around a 'make do and mend' attitude. And as unpaletable as it may seem in a first world country in the 21st Century, there is real ignorance and very real poverty and hardship. If you want to get people cooking start small (don't sell books about it) show people how to extend familiar foods,( the foods they eat; tinned frozen etc.) how to change and adapt the food they eat and how to incorporate 'healthier food' in their diet.

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  • 8. At 9:02pm on 06 Oct 2008, Lighthouseted wrote:

    I haven't tasted a proper Mince Pie for years. They should not be made with a over sweet shortbread pastry; could Jamie Oliver produce the recipe for real home baked mince pies please.

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