Jamie Oliver stirs things up teaching healthy cooking to East End mums

PUBLISHED: 10:03 18 March 2015 | UPDATED: 10:03 18 March 2015

Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver

Celebrity TV chef Jamie Oliver has cooked up a deal teaching mums in London’s East End how to put healthy meals together.

Marie McMahon stirring things up at Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food cooking workshopMarie McMahon stirring things up at Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food cooking workshop

He has agreed to join Tower Hamlets Council’s fight against child obesity by improving cooking skills in the home with his Ministry of Food training workshops.

The first cohort of parents started their training at Jamie Oliver HQ in Hoxton on Monday.

He said in a video message to the council’s annual parenting conference: “This is about people teaching people how to budget, how to cook nutritious, healthy, affordable food.”

A Kitchen Garden project has been running at St Paul’s Whitechapel primary school for the past two years, teaching pupils about where food comes from and giving them cooking skills.

Now the education authority is getting mums in on the programme to improve family eating habbits.

Jamie’s kitchen academy deal with the council is training 14 parents to start with.

The council is also running a six-week Healthy Families courses and Food for Health awards for restaurants, cafés and shops. It tops the London healthy schools league table with 95 per cent receiving a Healthy Schools award, way ahead of its nearest rival, Islington, at 45pc.

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