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Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Season 2

According to AOL today, "ABC has ordered six more episodes of the the Emmy-winning show, but with a slight format change. While the first season focused on Oliver's efforts to completely overhaul the lunch program at a school in West Virginia, season 2 will see him hit up schools, offices, homes and restaurants in Los Angeles."

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  1. Frankly, dear Jamie needs to clean up his act. His West Virginia series was a severe embarrassment to that community & to him as well. He was brash, superior, self-important, & provided them with nothing but high-end $$$ solutions to their low-income area. It hurt to watch & to read about it in the local papers. Shame on him.

    One can only hope that he gets off his high horse before trying to "revamp" another area's eating habits.

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    1. re: Breezychow

      uh, but he is superior to most of those in west Virginia.

      More elitism please. idiots have had their day, and they sure have made a mess of things.

      1. re: TheFoodEater

        Frankly, NO, hes is NOT "superior to most of those in West Virginia". How very revoltingly elitist of you.

        There's nothing wrong with his ideas & his "quest" (so long as it really is a "quest" & not just a typical tv publicity stunt). All Jamie need do to get more folks to embrace his concepts is to perhaps take some courses in basic psychology. Because coming across to parents like they're all fat d*mbf*cks unless they fully embrace his ideas immediately ain't the way to go. Anywhere. Not just in West Virginia. And that's the way he came across in West Virginia.

        1. re: Breezychow

          Interesting how those people in West Virginia seemed to come around to thinking a bit like him, however. Dumpsters full of fat and crap tends to make people realize what they're stuffing in their pieholes and make some changes.

          A little bit at a time. It worked in the U.K., it seemed to have worked in that city in West Virginia. Perhaps he already knows the right psychological way to go about things.

      2. re: Breezychow

        There's not going to be a low dollar solution to proper nutrition in this country. We have to be like the Italians and budget more of our income on food.

        1. re: dmckean

          Exactly. And to JO's credit, he recognized the financial situation and identified a funding source (grant through the local hospital) and worked pretty hard to secure enough funding to sustain the new program for a least long enough to prove that it's "worth it" to the community and the state.

        2. re: Breezychow

          Why is providing freshly-made food to children a bad thing? Yes it costs more. Anything good for us often does. Perhaps Jamie is right and the food distribution conglomerates and the governments that subsidize them need to clean up THEIR acts?

          Junk food is cheaper, more prevalent, and loaded with sodium, sugar and crap. And that's what our government is subsidizing. Crap food. Let's get rid of a few of the dumb earmarks in state and federal budgets for studies that don't mean anything or airports that, for the most part, only provide the single Senator/Congressman an easy in/out of his own state, and perhaps the school systems would be afforded a bit more in monetary help to provide better meals for the students.

          Looking to provide better nutrition in schools is a "high horse act"? I hope that act continues across the country.

          1. re: LindaWhit

            Nicely said Linda.

            BTW, I was shocked to learn that the schools took out soda which is not good for anyone, but that the strawberry and chocolate milk stays. And it has just as much sugar as any soda. When the strawberry & chocolate milk was taken away, the kids drank the regular milk.

            The people in charge, Government and School official needs to be educated it seems.

            Good for Jamie for being a little brash in his approach. It appears we need people to scream "we are mad as h*ll and we aren't gonna take it any more".

            1. re: mcel215

              I LIKE the "Network" reference, mcel! Perfect analogy - and that's exactly what more people need to start yelling! :-)

        3. I agree with dmckean. The problem is not Jamie's food, it is the way we've run food and agricultural businesses. We've created a system that makes junk "food" far more accessible than fresh whole foods. You're lucky if you can afford to consistently choose which you eat, but I knwo for some, fresh food is just too expensive in real money terms. They end up paying for it later with their health though.

          And I know lots of people find Jamie grating and snooty but he's not trying to be otherwise. The whole premise of the show is that he disapproves of the crap we feed children and yes, he does know better than some of those families. Not everyone, but there certainly are a lot of people who are okay with eating all that golden brown stuff daily.

          He did the same thing in the UK and I was stunned when objecting parents brought their kids McDonalds at lunchtime so they didn't have to eat a proper meal made from scratch with fresh ingredients. I don't get it.

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          1. re: hillsbilly

            " was stunned when objecting parents brought their kids McDonalds at lunchtime so they didn't have to eat a proper meal made from scratch with fresh ingredients. I don't get it."

            Probably lots of reasons. Some folk are just stupid. Some folk don't like to be told their not doing a good job bringing up their kids. Others don't like being patronised by multi-millionaires.

            1. re: Harters

              True, true and true.
              Though I always remind my children that just because someone is annoying, or is a hypocrite, or is rude, or whatever, doesn't mean they're not right as well.

              Now that my kids are a bit older I take them with me (one at a time, of course, I'm not insane) to do the shopping and am loving teaching them how to choose fresh produce and read labels and think about how to spend a food budget. I'm glad my kids are interested in food but I imagine it's very hard when you and/or your family aren't, it's just another bloody thing someone else is saying you don't do right.

              1. re: hillsbilly

                By co-incidence, the American series has just had its first showing in the UK this week. I havnt watched it yet.

                1. re: Harters

                  I will be very inteested to hear what it looks like in reverse.

          2. Why??? That show was so boring! My husband and I made ourselves watch two entire episodes and really tried to like it but there was nothing interesting to watch. Talking about the $2.14 cost of a school lunch per child and trying to find ways to improve the food content while bringing down costs is admirable but watching Jamie and the school officials discuss it ad nauseum on TV? *YAWN*

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            1. re: SeoulQueen

              So it's just supposed to happen majikly without any buy-in from the public? How is the public supposed to know about it if it isn't publicized some way? This is one way to publicize it.