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Jamie Oliver fights back - Chef Jobs News

Jamie Oliver fights back

1 Jul 2010

A furious Jamie Oliver has hit back at Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, whose assessment of the celebrity chef's school dinners campaign was "an insult to the hard work of hundreds of thousands of dinner ladies, teachers, headteachers and parent helpers who strive to feed schoolkids a nutritious, hot meal for 190 days of the year". Lansley claimed that Oliver's healthy eating campaign was "counterproductive", because the public should take more personal responsibility on tackling health problems, rather than being "lectured". Oliver responded: "I have never lectured in any of my series".

Lansley also added that "the net effect was the number of children eating school meals in many of these places didn't go up, it went down". Indeed, fewer children ate school dinners following the TV chef's campaign, but School Food Trust figures show that the number of children eating school dinners has risen slightly in the last two years. The president of the UK Faculty of Public Health, Professor Alan Maryon-Davis, has judged Lansley's comments as disappointing and unfair.


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