Jamie's Ministry of Food serves up its 200th course

FOOD REVOLUTION: Jamie’s Ministry of Food centre manager Darren Foxcroft celebrates the kitchen’s 200th course with some frying pan air guitar.
FOOD REVOLUTION: Jamie’s Ministry of Food centre manager Darren Foxcroft celebrates the kitchen’s 200th course with some frying pan air guitar. Claudia Baxter

TWO years in and 200 classes down, Jamie Oliver's fresh food revolution is transforming Ipswich kitchens one meal at a time.

Jamie's Ministry of Food reached the milestone class this week, with more than 2,700 aspiring home cooks improving their culinary skills.

The popularity of the cooking lessons, based on Jamie Oliver's own culinary philosophy, remains strong.

Ipswich Centre manager Darren Foxcroft said the classes are almost booked out until November.

"We have rolled out our classes up until September, October and November and they are filling up quickly," he said.

"They are loving every minute of it. We are changing lives, that's what I love about it, encouraging people to get into the kitchen."

Mr Foxcroft said the pizza and roast dinner classes were among the most popular on offer.

"At the end of the roast dinner class we all sit around the bench and share a meal. It's a good social occasion," he said.

The class has transformed participant's perceptions of fresh food and salads.

Mr Foxcroft said prior to the taking the class, one lady never made salads for her family.

Since taking the class her family request salads for their meals.

Rosewood resident Bill Holt was part of the 200th class and said it took his cooking skills to the next level.

"I love cooking. I just came to do this course to broaden my outlook and knowledge of cooking so I can improve," he said. "I do a lot of cooking at home, even roasts. Whatever's going! I'll have a go at anything. I thoroughly enjoy it."

Mayor Paul Pisasale said Mr Oliver keeps a keen interest in his Ipswich kitchen.

"He is a great bloke, this is what community is all about," he said.

"Every time I'm walking past the class I think, 'what are they cooking?' The food is just so tasty."

Cr Pisasale said simple, healthy cooking can help families feeling the financial pinch.

"Simple is so tasty and good for you. What you can do here is simple and makes a great meal for you and your kids," he said.

To book a place in a class at Jaime's Ministry of Food go to thegoodfoundation.com.au



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