This article is about chef Jamie Oliver and his efforts to transform British school lunch from crap to something better. The article talks about the recent 4-part television series documenting his efforts. It made it sound interesting enough that I sought out a place to download it. I just watched episode 1. This is great TV. This is awesomely entertaining. I mean, I like the Food Network, and I thought Kitchen Confidential was a brilliant book, so maybe it's just that I'm the right audience, but, really, this is so cool. I should be sleeping (8:50 class in the morning) but I couldn't shut it off. I'll watch the other 3 segments tomorrow, almost for sure.
From the article:
From the article:
[One] little boy, tasting what he said was his first-ever vegetable, threw up on the table....There's so much awesome stuff out there in the world. What's so cool about the Internet is you can find just a little bit of it. Man, so many people doing interesting, cool things in the world, and then making art from it -- books, TV, movies, etc. What would people back in the 1600s, struggling to survive disease and merely *live* say if they could come back today and see the stuff we have time to waste doing, thinking about, and watching. Seriously, it's these random discoveries -- a British documentary about school lunch? I mean, am I for real? -- that make life seem kind of neat a whole lot of the time. (Sometimes I'm impossible to please, and sometimes it all just seems too easy.)
To shock the older children into nutritional awareness, he tossed a chicken carcass into a blender along with bits of skin, fat and bread crumbs, whizzed it around, and showed off the result: stomach-turning mush that, when shaped and cooked, could pass for the nuggets they had been eating.
In a televisual tour de force, he talked his way into a meeting with the chief executive of the company that supplies schools with a notorious dish called turkey twizzlers (ingredients: 30 percent or so turkey, 70 percent other) and scolded him in a way that even Michael Moore in all his glory has never achieved.