Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Finally Recognized By L.A. School District

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Friday's season 2 finale of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution showed that the UK celebrity chef is no stranger to tenacity. Against the odds, positive changes were made in the harsh concrete jungle of the city of Los Angeles.

Even before the season began, Oliver received little to no cooperation from the L.A. public school district. Superintendent director of partnerships Melissa Infusino said his time would be "better spent" in other areas. Oliver later responded with frustration as he and his production team attempted to make their plans succeed. "I've had a tough time here. Nothing that was planned has come off," he said.

Despite being shut out of the school systems at first, Oliver's team made headway throughout the season by focusing on small improvements, like getting rid of sugar-packed flavored milks, that ended up having a much larger impact than what was originally thought possible in his proclaimed "war against obesity."

This can largely be attributed to the cooperation from the L.A. Unified School District's new superintendent, John Deasy. After a quick friendship was formed from their mutual goals, Deasy announced that flavored chocolate and strawberry milks would be removed from school lunch menus across the district during an appearance with Oliver on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

And it didn't stop there. Teams of high school students in the L.A. district competed in a cooking challenge after receiving specialized coaching from local area high-caliber chefs such as Seth Greenberg and Suzanne Tracht. Celebrity chefs Michael Symon and Jonathan Waxman participated on the final judging panel. The winning four students from West Adams Preparatory High School prepared beef carpaccio with marinated apple salad, and received a trip to New York's Culinary Institute of America. Later, Oliver returned to West Adams Prep to sample some of the new student-created menu items, such as a roasted vegetable quesadilla.

Source:  Los Angeles Times

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