I know I wrote about Native Foods Cafe a while back, but I just checked in on Chef Tanya, and would like to share her blog here. She’s writing about some great vegan news, and giving a bit of information as well as recipes. If you have time, head on over, and check her out.
Chef Jamie Oliver is an engaging and entertaining chef. He earned this reputation on the television series The Naked Chef broadcast by the BBC. His boyish good looks and charm won over audiences around Britain. And then he came to America.
Chef Jamie is on a mission. Changing the way kids eat in schools. In the television series “Jamie’s School Dinners” he uncovered the appalling quality of food served in the public school lunch rooms across Britain. With the help of petitions and activism, Chef Oliver helped to start the transformation of the way kids eat in school. And he’s brought that fight to America.
“Food Revolution” is a new series that focuses on the challenge of addressing the problems of obesity, heart disease and diabetes in the United States-where for the first time a generation of children are not expected to live as long as their parents. He invites viewers to take a stand and change the way we Americans eat.
Not an easy task when talking about a public school system that states french fries are an optional vegetable selection. And where milk that contains sugar is served. We are talking about changing the way a group of people eat who order fast food at drive-ins, take it to work and consume the meal in under five minutes. A population of folks who, when I talk to them, say that they really ought to eat more vegetables, and then shudder at the thought. A class of folks who feel that the food we can obtain is our right and privilege, even though that food (processed) is killing us (not yet proven).
Jamie Oliver is on to a good thing, and he can do it with your help. Sign the petition and get involved. If you care about the way your children eat in public schools, and the state of Food in the United States, help change the way we look at food, the way we buy our food, and what we eat. It’s what the Kitchen Shaman is all about. Fresh, great food, that not only tastes good, but makes you feel good too.
There is something special about a chef. The way we carry ourselves, the knowledge in our heads that is about to spill out some time soon into a saute pan, or the fact that we’ve burned ourselves many times with that saute pan, or the oven, or the grill. Translate that specialness onto television, and you get Superstar chefs like Julia Child, The Galloping Gourmet (Graham Kerr), Ming Tsai of East Meets West, and more recently, Gordon Ramsey, Giada De Laurentis, Jamie Oliver, and Anthony Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential).
Take that Chef, put them in a cooking demonstration in front of 40 adoring fans, watch them cook and talk, and it becomes magic.
So, when I saw the announcement buried in a very small part of a newspaper that Aaron Sanchez would be doing a cooking demonstration in Paradise Valley, I wasn’t going to miss the chance to watch a television Chef present and cook. I want to know how the professionals do it. I want to know if I’m doing it right. I wanted to be next to that guy. I live to bask in culinary greatness, and I’ve been next to some bright stars who you will never see on television, but this was a big opportunity to see a celebrity chef in person.