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Jamie Oliver fights for a “Minister of Food”

Posted by lsjlaura on November 6, 2008

The obesity and related health problems in Britain has been surfaced again by Jamie Oliver, but this time he wants a solution that will make a difference.

During a 90 minute parliamentary inquiry he powered his way through questions to describe the “bloody emergency” he says Britain is in, according to the Independent newspaper.

He told MPs that he would be happy to find a suitable “minister for food” to tackle the unhealthy eating that has swept across the country.

It was added a Food Minister would need approximately £6.5bn to make an impact.

Oliver emphasised that the current health crisis and the decisions to be made over the next 10 years is incredibly profound


Jamie Oliver wants everyone eating nutritious meals.

Star Insight 

His views followed with:

There is a new poverty I have never seen before. This isn’t about fresh trainers or mobile phones or Sky dishes or plasma TV screens – they’ve got all that. It is a poverty of being able to nourish their family – in any class.” 

He also added that the country lacked cooking skills and the economic downturn could make it worse. The reasoning being that many people lack the knowledge to prepare healthy and nutritious meals for less money. 


In the TV shows Jamie’s School Dinners and Jamie’s Return to School Dinners in 2006 and 2007 respectively, Oliver campaigned for healthier meals in schools. However, despite these major shows and new government nutritional standards in schools, figures have since shown a decline in the take up of school dinners, the Independent newspaper finds.

However, according to the Metro newspaper Jamie Oliver told the Commons Health Committee that he remained optimistic with: “I believe radical change is quite easy”.

As said by the BBC , some of the cross –party group were unhappy about the famous chef coming to visit. However Mr. Barron, the MP for Rother Valley, who invited the celebrity, said:

“As we have seen, Jamie Oliver has had quite a powerful impact on this agenda. I think it was important to find out about his perspective.”

The TV chef’s efforts continues from the four part series of a campaign that was televised and called, “Jamie’s Ministry of Food”. It was broadcast recently and aimed to make Rotherham in South Yorkshire the “culinary capital of the United Kingdom”.

By Laura James –

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Does Westminster Uni need Jamie Oliver?

Posted by lsjlaura on October 29, 2008

Jamie Oliver is being filmed in the US to explore American food and their eating habits, but do we need him here in Harrow to give some tips at the Westminster University canteen?

Upper crust busy serving


With the canteen divided into the baguette shop chain, Upper Crust and the universities salad bar and hot plates, there appears to be a good balance between hot and cold food.


Most students however, would like to see more variety at the canteen. There is some concern that the same foods appear everyday. The same example of cafeteria salad existing only of cucumber, tomato and lettuce was given by two different students.

Hannah Hultman, 24 a Marketing Communications student said: “It’s always the same thing everyday. Quality is acceptable but I’d prefer a better range.”

And her fellow colleague Lloyds Harding 23, who is a vegan finds that buying from the university doesn’t suit his needs. He would like to see more vegan options as this would account for vegetarians and those who eat Halal foods only as well.

Eating on the go


Fat or fit?

On my visit to the canteen, I could spot few if any students who were overweight. Certainly non were obese; Jamie Oliver would be pleased. Is this because Media and Arts students are just too busy to eat?

Many students admitted that they skipped meals because of lack of time. Others gave examples of their healthy regimes to stay in shape, Aaron Dixon, 20 who studies Photographic Arts said:

“I make sure I don’t eat too much junk. I eat a lot of veg and go to the gym too.”

But perhaps students are so slim because we just can’t afford to keep eating?

Student prices please

Time and time again, on asking about what Harrow campus students thought about the food served, opinions were based around price.

Ton Rycak, 25, a communication and networks student said that he was satisfied with the quality however he said that:

“It’s good food, but students shouldn’t be paying the same amount here as you would have to at a high street shop on Oxford Street.”

Laura Hawkins, 24 studying a Masters in Journalism agrees that the food, “Doesn’t seem to be subsidized for students.”

“You probably end up spending £4 or £5 on lunch everyday”, said Sihle, 22 and a compuer scientist.

Spending on vending


A fashion design student Catrina Holm said: “I wish there was somewhere we could buy a cheaper sandwich.” She also wishes there was a microwave so she could heat up her own food. Instead to avoid paying she brings in her own salads for lunch.

Bella Patel, 20 and a Multimedia computing student who was not impressed by canteen food prices said: “I tend to go out and get sandwiches from Sainsbury’s. It’s cheaper.”

Perhaps getting Jamie Oliver in would be too expensive. A Jamie Oliver book of recipes on the shelf might be a better canteen option.

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12.00 update…

Posted by willd2 on October 29, 2008

Below is a list of the stories that will be covered in The Quickies first ever live ‘Harrow Special Feature’:

  • Is snow to blame?
  • The long road to an easy degree?
  • Abandoned abroad?
  • Is university campus a credit crunch haven?
  • Does Wesminster University need Jamie Oliver’s help?
  • Expressing yourself, or out of control? Fashion at Westminster University.

We will be bringing you more news as we receive  it. TQ x

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Does Westminster Uni need Jamie Oliver’s help?

Posted by lsjlaura on October 29, 2008

Student nutrition


Most students spoken to at Wesminster University agree that they try to keep healthy by watching what they eat. The 5 fruit and vegetables a day target is a common aim. However is the canteen at the University doing enough to make healthy eating possible?

What seems to be preventing them from success, is the expense and variety of food available.

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