'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' season premiere review: Crappy burgers and sugary drinks, we love 'em! Go home, Jamie!

Jamie Oliver tried to launch a new season of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, but he was met with some stiff resistance. The unintended message he delivered was one from West Coast America: Don’t take our cheeseburgers away from us, you pushy Brit!

Shoved out of the L.A. school system early on in the hour (if he thought the bureaucracy in Huntington, W. Va., was tough, he had not reckoned with an L.A. school board), Oliver took to the streets.

He went to an L.A. burger joint to try and win a convert, a site on which to practice his good-nutrition ideas. As someone who admires and partakes of Los Angeles’ many fine independent fast-food establishments when I visit, I was ambivalent as he tried the patience of the owner of Patra’s, a good-looking L.A. burger joint (I haven’t eaten there). Oliver tried to convince the guy to re-do his menu with healthier items that would cost this small-businessman more money, which cost would be passed on to his customers. Can you blame the man for not wanting to be used as Jamie Oliver’s guinea pig, and to lose business while Oliver passes off yogurt smoothies as milk shakes?

Oliver is great at the grand gestures. The climax to the first hour was to have an empty school bus (“this icon of trust,” as Oliver put it) filled with the amount of white sugar consumed by students in the L.A. school system in a week. The sugar — 57 tons of it — overflowed the bus. It made a great impression… on the 20 people who showed up.

But his showboating gestures don’t make for coherent arguments, either with school officials or, ultimately, with TV viewers, I would guess.

What did you think of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution? Does hyping health work?

UPDATE: Some of you seem to have interpreted the headline on this post as expressing my opinion of Oliver? It was intended to be sarcastic, to represent the sentiments that have met Oliver’s efforts: The L.A. school board shown here would certainly like Jamie to “go home,” don’t you think?

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  • Jo Wake

    I am astounded at your reaction which is similar to the officials in LA. Even if unsuccessful so far, Jamie is right, even the owner of Patras admitted he wouldn’t feed his kids on some of the stuff he sells. Obesity is a major problem in North America and instead of pooh poohing is efforts you should be praising them.

    • lola

      I completely agree! Obesity is an epidemic, and needs to be taken seriously, especially when it comes to children. America should be praising Jamie for what he’s doing!

      • Janet

        I love, love Jamie Oliver and what he is doing. He deserves a metal.

    • Josh

      Ken probably wrote the article while eating a Hot Pocket. Mmmmm… Hot Pockets.

      • mimi


      • Kara in KS

        See my post below, my local elementary school that my son will be attending next year serves “Breakfast hot pockets” in the morning. Not a joke.

      • Hiro Kitty

        Ken, go fvck yourself.

    • Mocha

      I agree completely. If you want to eat foods (I use this term loosely) you know are bad for you, fine, that’s your life. But don’t tell Jamie Oliver to go home because you like burgers–he’s trying to prevent children from growing up with chronic, obesity-related illnesses that can easily be prevented, and he should be supported. And if you watch his interview on Jon Stewart, you’ll see that his arguments are very coherent.

      • Gigi

        I worked for LA school district the food is disgusting at best! I let my daughter eat this “food” I use the term lightly, after she begged me. She started getting stomach aches everyday. I tried it for a week. My stomach which is usually flat was bloated and I had a horrible stomach ache. The one thing our school had going for it was salad bar every Friday, thanks to the volunteering parents. Good Lord we need you Jamie.

    • Red

      it’s easy to understand I I personally, applaud Jamie’s efforts for getting people (and particularly school children) to eat healthier.

      The sad and unfortunate fact is, the changes Jamie proposes are not cost effective for businesses OR the consumer. He makes it sound like it’s no big deal if people pay an extra 50 cents for food, but for those living on a fixed income, 50 cents more for a bag of fresh fruit is 50 cents taken away from somewhere else. Like bus fare if you don’t have a car.

      People have tough choices to make and with food prices the way they are and people struggling, they will go for what’s cheaper to keep themselves afloat.

      • Mocha

        I agree that it can be difficult for lower-income families to eat healthier but more expensive food; that being said, I think 50 more cents for a bag of fruit is a small price to pay, compared to the costs of treatment for diabetes, heart disease, and other obesity-related diseases that will show up later in life.

      • Kara in KS

        Sure, Red, I get it. Families living at or below the poverty level who rely on discounted or free lunches (and breakfasts) can’t afford an increase in price to offset the cost of healthier food. I will be one of those parents next year facing this exact choice. But, when I look at the breakfast menu my son will have to eat (see below), its food devoid of nutrition. It’s fatty, calorie and sugar heavy. The school will be feeding my child carnival food (funnel cake)! I’ve spent the last five years teaching my child healthy eating habits, at the expense of healthier food for myself at minimum. If I turn my child over to the school district for breakfast, I fear I’m wiping out those years of healthy eating and the financial sacrifice I’ve made in order to teach him those habits. My son will now be eating Honey Buns, Breakfast hot pockets, and chocolate chip coffee cake five days a week instead of cereal, yogurt, fruit, oats, etc.

      • JARED

        the people who use the term “fixed income” as an excuse to eat unhealthily or to not pay their bills are the worst. EVERYONE is on a fixed income. Who do YOU know that gets a raise week after week? I have a fixed salary, as do 99% of American workers. Stop using “fixed income” as an excuse.

      • drummerjoe

        That’s true for those that are truly low income. But it’s more likely that the “low income” that complain about the cost of healthier living, are also carrying smart phones, data plans, and cable television with over 200 channels.

      • julia

        fixed income isnt an excuse when i was growing up we were poor really poor but i always had packed lunches for me always had good food to eat for dinner fast food was a treat like once a month so coming from that experience fixed income is not a valid excuse

      • Janiequoa

        I understand what you are saying; sometimes people have to make tough choices. However, that does not excuse the fact that the school system can serve regular milk vs. flavored (sweetened) product – which is what Jamie was trying to illustrate. The 57 tons consumption of sugar in a week was from FLAVORED MILK ALONE. At what expense are we passing down cost savings to the consumers – is one’s health not relevant?

      • Issac Prather

        Thats fine and dandy that they can’t afford it. But its the governments fault why they can’t. Its all a big money scam by the government andthe FDA and most ppl choose not to believe it. They give us crap that makes us sick so they can prescribe expensive drugs that we will have to stay on until we die. @#$% the government! Go Jamie!

      • eapoe

        The nonsense that fresh food costs more than packaged food is ridiculous. Fresh fruit is much cheaper than the processed syrupy kind in cans. Fresh apples are cheaper than the sugar filled jarred applesauce. You don’t need to buy fruit or vegetables out of season and pay a premium. All throughout the year (unless you live in Alaska) where ever you live there will be some reasonably priced fruit or vegetables that are a snap to prepare for your family. Use the money you save buying processed, canned, food and use it to buy decent meat. You don’t have to buy ground beef- you can use chicken (stock up when it is on sale) and or cuts of meat that you can identify. I used to buy convenient prepared meals for my family and spent about 150.00 a week on groceries. Now I cook from scratch with fresh ingredients (I shop once a week and most meals take 30-45 minutes to prepare- but most of that is waiting time- none of our dinners take more than 15 minutes of actual work) and I spend less than 100.00 a week- and that gives my husband and I lunches as well, since we use leftovers. And, no I am not a coupon user, that is just what I spend by shopping in season and stocking up when there are sales on meat.
        I maintain that eating healthy is way cheaper than eating not healthy.

      • fanya

        The 50 cents that is taken away from elsewhere is could probably be taken away from the soft drinks, the meat, and the junk food. Making better choices does cost–do it now or pay for it later when you are met with a heart attack or diabetes. Have you seen how overweight many poor people are? They are literally starving themselves into illness. It can be done. But if you can’t let go of what you want instead of what you need, it will never work. Let’s also not forget about exercise, a walk costs nothing.

      • Olivya

        Are you or have you ever lived below poverty level? I am talking about no cable, a crappy apartment, no car, no internet or computer, no cellphone? If not,you know nothing about what it means to be poor. Even with food stamps, how energetic and interested do you think those parent(s) are about their children’s meals? Just surviving has different priorities than if you have money.

      • Liz

        I’ve lived on a fixed income with three children. Let me tell you something- there is always a way. Always. There’s this thing called standards. You don’t just talk about them, you use them. I had to roll pennies for gas money- back in ’08- and we still made sure our kids ate fruits and vegetables. I do believe the govt needs to stop subsidizing corn and soy and start focusing on fresh foods instead of overconsumption. That would help. But as a whole we need to stop making excuses for ourselves.

      • BetsyDunn

        50 cents more for healthy food is much cheaper than the cost of medical care needed for health issues caused by eating unhealthy while growing up. I went to school in the 1940’s and 50’s when food was fresh and cooked like your mom did. I taught school in the 1970’s through the 1990’s and I can tell you the food served in the cafeteria was awful from a nutritionist point of view. I taught Home Economics and I will tell you that students will eat good food over poor quality food any day of the week. My grandchildren do not get fast food when they come to visit nor in their own homes…..

    • RK

      Ken should’ve mentioned that he was a fan of the first season — I think that’s the problem. The first episode seemed aimless.

    • Dr. Linus

      Yeah I am genuinely surprised at Ken Tucker’s reaction. Then again, you know how some old folks are set in their ways.

      • to dr linus

        Dr., if I may–you do realize he wasn’t criticizing the concept he’s presenting right? He’s taking issue with how he’s going about doing it. Ie, “hype.” FOr non-peabrains, taking issue with that doesn’t mean you have to turn your back on eating healthy as well. Why don’t you join us?

      • Thissalantine

        Hey if hype is what it takes to beat down the doors of the sacrosanct LAUSD and get them to quit feeding kids garbage, that works for me. I mean, since politeness worked so well for Jamie at the board meeting…. =/

    • jen

      I am shocked at his reaction too. These are kids, they can’t choose for themselves and here we are choosing to give them a live of illness and obesity. Jamie don’t give up!

    • Trenton

      He was on the daily show, and mentioned at how public funds were being abused…fat old men using public money to create fat young children….Jaime better watch out …this is Chinatown!

    • Jean Guy Levesque

      A greek restaurant that wouldn’t let his kids eat the food he’s peddling? Who the hell would eat there now??? Vive la Quebec!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      • TG

        I AGREE WITH YOU 10000% percent. I don’t let my kid by the school lunch – I pack it 4 days a week, 1 day there’s pizza and soup. Not bad – and sometimes apple slices are offered.

      • Sara

        I agree! Its so true. Everyone wants to blame the other guys. I pack a lunch, and when I am crunching money its peanut butter and jelly on wheat and a piece of fruit. But I take the time and do it.

      • Kara in KS

        In essence, I agree. If you don’t like the food public schools are providing our children, then bring your own. The problem is that our tax dollars being spent on feeding children nutritionally deficient foods. In Manhattan, KS where my son will be attending kindergarten next year, my tax dollars will be paying for him and hundreds of other 5-10 year old’s to eat funnel cake and chocolate chip breakfast cookies. Considering the national debate over the quality of teachers and how we are misusing tax dollars by keeping bad teachers in the tenure system, why aren’t we having the same debate over the quality of food those same tax dollars are purchasing?

      • cha cha

        Thank you! people are complaining about schools lunches, yet a) they wait for someone else to start a “revolution” and b) they blame others for what goes into their own childs mouth. I agree I agree I agree. pack your own lunch.

      • Webby

        THANK YOU!!! I am a “lunch lady” at a local elementary school and we have parents complain about the food all the time. Pack your kids a meal you think is right for them!! Also, I never understood why people keep complaining about school lunch…it is only ONE meal a day for nine months. What about all the junk they eat at home? If parents are so perfect in how they feed their kids at home, one meal a day should not be that big of a deal!!

      • Lois

        A lot of these families are low income and their children get free lunches at school. They can’t afford to pack a lunch.
        For some, the food they get at school is going to be the only meal(s) they get all day. Not all children have responsible parents.

        Since tax dollars are going to pay for these lunches, tax payers should be able to expect that the lunches are the best food for their money.

      • shelly

        did you see the article where the school system is requiring children to eat in the cafeteria and not allowing lunches from home because they are unhealthy!

      • yelp

        I agree! Stop complaining or using yet another excuse to not parent, or pack a lunch. I grew up in a family of seven! We made our own lunch. Sure there are people out there who are below poverty and need the free lunch, but the majority of you complaining on here, are not in that group. That lady who kept on quoting her kids lunch menu-then make it yourself!

      • lucy

        Yelp – I grew up in a family of 7 also and we never got school lunches. We didn’t have the money. We ate what we were given and learned how to make choices. I would never presume that it was the school’s position to teach my kids how to eat. I have 4 kids in second, first grade, kindergarten and preschool and the school does do some nutrition education – making choices – is an apple better than a cookie? It reinforces what we teach at home. NO matter what the school teaches, it’s pointless if it’s not reinforced in the home. Even where the whole family is obsese know that the cookie the bad choice from a health perspective. It is the fault of the parent’s, not the school

      • regguy

        Here Here! Bully! It isn’t anyone’s job to “protect” your kids but yours.

      • tammy

        I totally agree with packing your childs lunch if you can’t stand what the school serves. I have always done just that for both my children. My gripe is that my tax dollars pay for the crap the rest of the school is served. We live in an area where almost 800 of our 880 students live below poverty. Sadly, I know for a fact that the meals these kids eat at school are often the only meals they get in a day. Yes, I know the parents shouldn’t be driving nice cars and talking on the iPhones if they can’t afford to feed thier kids, but they do. So why shouldn’t I be concerned about the choices my tax dollars are putting in front of these kids. As someone who cooks 90% of my familys meal from scratch, I know healthy choices don’t always have to cost more. Also if there are no other choices in front of them, the kids will eat it.

      • Thissalantine

        Obviously you’re a kid and not a parent. You don;t know that kids will throw away packed lunches and then complain to a teacher who will send them a note for free lunch. You don’t know that kids will trade off their lunches for the garbage the school serves. The PIN is to eliminate the opportunity to stuff one’s face with offal. Since the school has supervision of children during school hours and following your child around in school is frowned on, the school has to accept responsibility for what they feed kids.

      • FoodFighter

        That misses much of the point. Tax dollars – your money and mine – pays for the crap that they feed our kids. I’m not against packing lunches; I am for holding responsible those who spend my tax money to feed our kids. Why on earth wouldn’t anyone want to hold these people accountable for how they spend our money? I say “Take the nutritionally vacant food out of our schools!” while at the same time I’ll pack my own kid’s lunch.

    • Strepsi

      I agree with you AND Ken Tucker. Obesity is a huge problem in America — and something like 80% of all obesity-related diseases (i.e. heart issues, adult diabetes) are 100% PREVENTABLE if you eat right. The American diet is the world’s worst.

      That said, I also was ambivalent about the burger joint — it made no sense in the show’s premise. It’s a BURGER JOINT: Jamie, I love you, but pick your battles! The show left me strangely cold, because it had no direction — I’d rather see him fight the school board a whole season, or go into people’s homes, where the real problem is.

      • Lois

        What’s wrong with a burger joint having some healthy items on their menu? They would appeal to more customers if they had a better variety of choices.

      • jr

        @ Lois – do you own a burger joint? Have you owned a burger joint? If you haven’t been in the business, you don’t know what would make for a successful burger joint.

      • fanya

        But the problem is not just at home. Not everyone who is overweight is a child. Deno ended up looking stupid. I believe his premise is people have to eat–and they will eat anything. Notice the guy who said he would go for the cheaper burger wasn’t eating Deno’s, he continued eating Jamie’s. Put something into your product Deno. Your customers will reward you. That is the problem with with American businesses today, they take the customer for granted.

      • Lois

        No, I don’t. But my sister-in-law’s family owns a number of restaurants. They have a high-end restaurant, a steak house, several chain fast food franchises, and a greek diner. Adding low-fat and veggetarian items to the menus at the high-end restaurant, steak house & diner were very successful additions. At each place they tried out a number of healthier choices as “specials” and kept the ones that became popular.

        They also saw many customers choose healthier choices at their fast food places when they added them to the menu.
        @jr-do you own a burger joint? Have you owned a burger joint? If you haven’t been in the business, you don’t know what would make for a successful burger joint.

    • Steven Smith

      I am not saying obesity isn’t a major problem but a good point the article points out is that this burger joint would have had to double its burger price plus serve something that is not a milkshake. Also Jamie Oliver is a prick when anyone doesn’t agree with him.

    • Maria

      Why we can not put good food on the plates of our kids. Why Why, because the government wants a sick society, so they can keep supporting pharmaceutical companies
      , that makes billions of dollars a day just in Cancer medications. It is all about business not about the citizens. Thanks Jamie Olivier, I want to help.

  • J.J.Brown Author

    It’s a great experiment to ask the question, where does this food come from, before we eat it. Kids need better choices for their food available, then they can really choose.

  • Mia

    Hyping health doesn’t work if people don’t want or care enough about being healthy. But considering that we are practically killing our children with all the crap that they are being fed, in and out of schools, why fault the man for trying?

    • jr

      Maybe people just don’t appreciate a stranger coming in and making a big drama production out of their lives. Maybe if he really wanted to change things, he’d go about it in a different fashion, maybe not so “look, everybody, how bad these people are.” Maybe more quietly and respectfully.

      • @jr

        Those school districts are run with tax payer money. The fact that they don’t want to put their school lunch program out in the open for the public to see suggests that they know something is wrong with it.

      • yyhatws

        @@jr – as jr said, maybe they just don’t appreciate the approach. Wouldn’t blame them.

      • Mocha

        I saw an interview in which Jamie Oliver said that he did ask the school district officials if he could help their food program, and nearly everyone was supportive except one superintendent, who blocked the whole thing and refused to let Jamie near the schools. The fact that we can’t even have transparency in school lunch programs is utterly absurd to me, and I don’t think it has much to do with Jamie’s approach.

  • Michael

    Yes, but this “journalist” is like most media today – they only sell stories with controversy or arguments. Nothing is news anymore, it is all about creating a headline and the writer inundating the story with their “opinion”. An forget facts – speed is the # 1 ingredient anymore.

    • Michael

      Case in point, look at the first tag/category: CONTROVERSY.

    • mel

      “But his showboating gestures don’t make for coherent arguments, either with school officials or, ultimately, with TV viewers, I would guess.”

      Based on the comments, I’d say your guessed wrong Ken.

      • yyhatws

        @Mel, “The premiere of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution on ABC only managed to post a 1.4 rating/4 share among adults 18-49 — down 36% from last season’s Sunday premiere.” Seems Ken guessed right on.

    • cowleythoughts

      AMEN!! No one has looked into the argument that the LAUSD School Board gave for not permitting him to drag the district into his ‘reality’ show! Now in the LA area there are districts whoch are going about this in a healthy manner. Hawthorne School District has an energetic program to train parents in nutrition – gardens on most campuses, new recipes every month. Yes, for many kids the school lunch is the most dependable source of nutrition they will get for ten months of the year, but I am convinced there is a better way of going about changing these habits than making a loud noisy reality show out of your suggestions!

  • Sabrina

    Shame on you Ken Tucker. As our country is growing more and more obese by the day you trash someone who is actually taking the unpopular steps of trying to make it better? Would you feed your children pink slime? Give them chocolate milk with their cereal? You need to rethink your article if you care about this country’s health.

    • Michael

      He doesn’t – his boss tells him only $$ and site hits matter.

  • thisisme

    Is Ken Tucker serious right now?

    • no cars go

      my thoughts exactly! maybe he isn’t going about it in a way that you approve of ken but at least he’s doing something. his show motivated me so much last year to start caring about what i eat and i’m so happy it’s back.

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  • Nancy

    I hope he can get into the schools or I’ll stop watching. It’s ridiculous to try to get a business owner to change his product like that. The solution there is simple – if you have a problem with it don’t buy it. Kids at school (especially those on free or reduced lunch) have no other choice.

    • Karate Pants

      Nancy, I agree with your comment about the business owner – Jamie’s approach with the Patra’s guy WAS ridiculous. Jamie was not hearing his very valid points, that while he agreed with Jamie about nutrition, his business would fold if the recommended changes were made.
      In my area, numerous healthy food-oriented restaurants have opened and closed within their first year, over and over again.
      Jamie should concentrate on the schools, because while adults love to eat garbage themselves they usually want better things for their kids once they’re educated about it.

      • fanya

        Where do the children get their attitudes about food?–from the garbage eating adults.

    • Sally

      Interesting video !!Ib4m a personal tenrair myself and Ib4ve been thinking about the same ideas itb4s fun to work toward optimizing your training. How may days? How much strength? How much DE? how much endurance? How much Metcon?I currently have a few customers with goals trying to improve their running and cross country skiing. Several of my female clients have PRb4d over 200 i Deadlift for example even though they focus on endurance.

  • Vickie

    Wow, your attitude is exactly why kids now have high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure while still in grade school. What the school district feeds these kids is appalling. Now one cares or wants to try to change anything.

    • idiots

      Um no…its “appalling” that more PARENTS are NOT DOING ANYTHING! Lets do the American way, and blame everyone but ourselves. What ever happened to parenting?? And feeding your kids!!! Who is stopping you from packing your own lunch for your kids?? STop blaming others!!!

      • Lois

        The tax dollars that those parents pay is buying the food the schools serve. As taxpayers they have a right to complain if they don’t like how their money is spent.

      • FoodFighter

        As much as you would like to change the topic and make this a discussion about parenting, truth is, “parenting” is only a part of t he equation here. Listen, I’m a huge fan of books like “Nation of Wimps”, but if all you see are bad parents, you aren’t seeing the forest from the trees.

    • Masaya

      Just wanted to tell, that i had my first swim eiopctitomn, that I tapered since I started with CFE. The one without taper was the better eiopctitomn. I think I need some fast work until like 2 days before the race. I will try this out next time. 100m Free was ok.. bad start, bad turns, but high swim speed50m Free was better.. 26.2 PR felt nice and easy.. Still figuring things out Todays WOD: 1:36 1:26 1:20 My hamstrings are on fire

    • Hatiku

      Help! I am having a deabte with a fellow trainer at our box. We are having a disagreement about the fundamental similarities between running and sprinting. I think (and learned through running clinics & the CFE cert) that the essentials are the same, but the lean is more pronounced in a sprint. He disagrees with the ideas that the high knee, hard toe push, and butt-kickers are the way to sprint. What gives?

  • Michael

    Was there a ghost writer on this article named Sarah Palin by any chance?

    • Tony

      I have bad news for you, Sarah Palin would not be suggesting that we increase the cost of publicly funded school lunch programs for the sake of our children’s health. That said, if Michelle Obama doesn’t step up to and meet with Jamie at some point during this season I will call her entire career as First Lady “fighting childhood obesity” a sham.

      • @Tony

        I have bad news for you, the writer of this article doesn’t suggest “that we increase the cost of publicly funded school lunch programs for the sake of our children’s health.” He criticizes Jamie Oliver the same way Palin criticized Michelle Obama. Hence @Michael’s comment about Palin ghostwriting the article.

  • katie

    I was appalled at how few people care about their health, let alone their children’s health. Good health in children promotes numerous benefits with attention span, learning, and behavior. Why are these benefits not important to anyone?

  • Kell

    I really enjoyed the previous edition of Jamie’s show. This one, not so much.

    • @ Kell

      Maybe because it’s different. This seems more difficult regarding his having to deal with red tape and whatnot. Maybe it’s not fun for you to see the political/business aspect of it.

      • Cintia

        More of a question than a comemnt. I have been doing CF, MilitaryAthlete, and CrossfitEndurance in a mix fir about a year and a half and have seen significant results. I have two questions, I’m looking at following the Crossfitendurance website on Monday’s and Thursday’s using the run portion in the morning and the CFE Strength and Conditioning workouts in the afternoon. I plan on using militaryathlete on Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Saturdays. Does this sound like a bad idea to anyone or does anyone have any thoughts? Due to my current profession in LE, I feel that I get more durability and strength from militaryathlete, however, their running program is subpar, so I supplement w/CFE. I’ve been doing this for some time, however, due to work requirements, it has been a little inconsistent and w/my new position, im really able to allocate the time to plan it out a little better. I also wanted to get some feedback from those more experienced than I. Secondly, I started today w/week 7, day 1. Should I go back to week 1, day 1? I did 6x400m runs w/times of 1:27, 1:30, 1:29, 1:29, 1:28. The afternoon workout will be around 6 tonight.

    • Jennifer

      I think that’s part of Ken’s problem with the first episode of this season – he really did like the first season.

  • dman

    ken you are moronic. unbelievable. the man is trying to help kids be healthy. fat asses like you are so proud of are bringing us down. no pun intended. they are unhealthy. get sick more. teach kids at an early age to eat healthy and they will have a better shot at a healthy life.
    and they will save money on health care as well.

    JO doesn’t think bad food should be never eaten… you can eat a cheeseburger now and then if you eat well and exercise on a regular basis.

    you are ridiculous

  • jesse

    Jamie is right on target, his presentation is great. I thought school lunch was a disaster in the 1960s. It is no wonder America is 20th to 40th in life expectancy, along with Albania.

  • Kara in KS

    For breakfast at my local elementary school for April 2011: Fruit frudel, smores turnover, honey bun, ham breakfast bar, pancake sausage stick, breakfast chicken pattie, french toast sticks, sausage breakfast bar, breakfast pizza, cheerio bar, biscuit and gravy is also on the menu. Funnel cake twice a month. OMG. How can children learn with this crap in their tummies? My son will enter kindergarten next year and even though I qualify for free breakfast and lunch I will NEVER let him eat this junk. Thanks Jamie for making me take a look at school food!

    • Tiffany

      Kara, that is horrific. What is a ham breakfast bar? Or a sausage breakfast bar? And when did funnel cake become a menu item beyond the fairgrounds? It’s like Cheech and Chong planned this menu.

      • Jacy

        wow! I agree – Funnel Cake? Since when is breakfast (the most important meal of the day) synonymous with dessert? However, I won’t even eat those things for dessert. Ick!

    • deedeedragons

      Breakfast Pizza, WTF?

    • Ash

      This was the kind of stuff that I ate in school. Watching this show makes me ill. Even though it’s been 15+ years since I graduated from high school I can not believe that any adult person would sanction children to eat this stuff. Pink SLIME?!?!?! I gagged through that whole segment. You can bet vegetarianism started today in my house.

    • eapoe

      Our school district offers Hostess Fruit Pies for breakfast!

  • Debbie

    I think hyping healthy has got to be the answer. Look at us – we’re fat, we’re sick, and no one cooks anymore. Jamie Oliver is fantastic. People need to know what’s in their food. Why is no one concerned that our ground beef is washed in ammonia, but it’s unacceptable to substitute yogurt for ice cream in a milkshake? Something’s wrong there. More power to him for exposing the food industry. I’m on his bandwagon 100%.

    • Mocha

      Seriously. The food industry is completely corrupt, and I’m glad Jamie’s at least trying to do something about it.

    • Taj

      I agree with Debbie completely. I am a stupid food consumer, I am obese. I trusted that the food producers would use quality ingredients in their food, respect the consumer, and not sacrifice health for a buck. Sugars, preservatives, antibiotics, and god knows what else is in our food yet the sole responsibility has been placed on the consumer. Why are they allowed to sell poison? Again, I am stupid enough to buy it.


      I agree Debbie! I am fortunate enough to have access to the “good stuff”. My family raises cows, pigs, and chickens and grows and grinds the corn that they’re fed. They also grow veggies! My children are fortunate enough to know where potatoes and hamburger comes from!! I think it’s unfortunate that we can’t accept a milkshake made from yogurt! If the taste is there and it’s better for us, why must we have it made with ice cream??? So sad….

      • fanya

        The ice cream wasn’t even good ice cream. I wonder what you would have found if you analyzed it? Stabilizers, fillers etc.. Way to go Deno! If you wouldn’t even serve it to your family why sell it to anyone else’s?

      • Minh

        The run is separate dsciantes 200m, 400m, and 600m. The rest is the length of time it takes you to do each distance. If you do 200m in :40, you rest :40; if you run 400m in 1:15, you rest 1:15; if you do the 600m in 3:30, you rest 3:30, then you start over and run 200m and repeat it for 2 more cycles.

    • Chaas

      What an aewosme way to explain this-now I know everything!

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