South LA gets a taste of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

The wellness and diabetes group from the Martin Luther King Jr. Outpatient Center has climbed on board to take part in celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s food revolution.

The lesson today, “Fish Made Easy,” included a basic red sauce sautéed with garlic, olives, and basil baked over a white fish and served with what the cooks called “brilliant broccoli.”

Caroline Snow, one of the instructors giving free lessons to community members out of the Big Rig Mobile Teaching Kitchen parked on East 120th Street in front of the medical center, offered simple directions: “We’re using the canned tomatoes sauce here on the rig, but you can use fresh tomatoes and with the summer season coming and growing new gardens its great to pick your own tomatoes, puree them, and use that. Then we’re making the sauce, putting the fish with it and baking it for a few minutes.”

Listen to sounds of the chopping and sizzling in an audio story from Annenberg Radio News:

The touring food revolution project started in May 2011. Lessons are geared for young people, but most classes are mixed with both adults and children.

Scott Bottemer, operations manager of the Jamie Oliver Food foundation, said the South Los Angeles truck stop was planned because the neighborhood is one of 14 in California with high obesity and diabetes rates.

“We’re here because this has been identified as a community that has significant issues when it comes to fresh food access,” said Bottemer.

The Big Rig’s 40 week tour started in Fresno and will wrap up in San Diego. Here in Los Angeles, classes will continue in South L.A. until Saturday, April 26.

On May 16th the Jamie Oliver Foundation will host the third annual “Food Revolution Day,” featuring an attempt to set a Guinness World Record by having the highest number of people cooking the same dish — something called the “Rainbow Wrap.”

The Jamie Oliver Big Rig Teaching Kitchen will be stationed at 1670 East 120th Street through April 26.

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