Last week, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver was granted a prestigious award for his work encouraging back-to-basics cooking and abating childhood obesity at the 2010 TED Convention. TED, which stands for Technology Entertainment Design, is an organization that promotes creative ideas and grants each yearly award recipient with one "wish" in the amount of a $100,000 cash prize.
As this year's recipient, Jamie Oliver announced during his acceptance speech that his one wish is "to create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again, and empower people everywhere to fight obesity."
Executives at TED are pleased to extend the award to Oliver and are looking forward to helping him achieve his goals. "His work directly tackles one of the most distressing issues the world faces… the obesity epidemic," stated TED Curator Chris Anderson.
And he'll also get that wish fulfilled by the ABC network this spring with his new television series titled "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution USA" (yep, the one produced by Ryan Seacrest which was announced last spring). Originally, the show was thought to start airing as soon as January, but has now scheduled its official premiere date on Friday, March 26.
If you want to get in on the action before Oliver's series starts, you can sign his petition to make the school lunch system healthier in America and "keep the cooking skills alive." The petition will then be brought to the White House after the series airs.