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{April 3, 2010}   Thoughts on “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution”

I watched the show for the first time last night and I admire what he is doing. I think it is a wonderful thing to teach kids about food and nutrition.  It is one of those practical skills that working parents don’t have time to teach their kids.  I have always been of the opinion that there should be more “life-skills” taught in high schools: personal finance, nutrition, and parenting — not the old-fashioned “Home Economics”, but more like kitchen science.

I think the rise of celebrity chefs in the media has been good for society.  I have recently become a fan and have learned a lot about food and cooking, as well as business and world cultures, from the likes of Anthony Bourdain and Gordon Ramsey.

Cooking, as a vocation was and still is to a great extent, hard work.  In the past, the potential to make a lot of money from it was almost nil.  Anthony Bourdain’s “Kitchen Confidential” gives a good picture of this world.  But the new celebrity chefs are not just “cooks” or even “chefs”; they are authors, businessmen, and marketing experts.

This is the new world and the new economics.  I sometimes pity the children growing up now; to succeed they will need a multitude of skills and for the most part, they will have to fend for themselves to make a living.  The best thing the older generation can do is recognize this, and prepare them better.

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Gary says:

The biggest problem with this, having gone from DMH to DYS and working with inner city youth, many kids in the heart of the city see no future for themselves. Some feel they’ll be lucky to make it to eighteen. There opportunities sometime are the military or jail. When you try to tell them about where their food comes from they don’t want to hear it. It is all too abstract for them. A good book written at the level for kids is Chew On This written in part by the guy who did fast food nation. In it’s day it was sold at BJs.

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sued51 says:

Gary,
Thanks for the comment. It would be great for them to teach from a book that is at an appropriate level that can speak to the kids. Glad there is something out there…

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