Jamie Oliver, Taken Seriously

Dec 272009
 

518ovq-sxql_ss500_1I’m always impressed by people who use their fame to do good things. They don’t have to, right? They can just keep on being famous. It’s got to be a full-time job.

But not Jamie Oliver, who just won $100,000 from the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference. The prize¬†recognizes “exceptional individuals” with “wishes big enough to change the world.”

He’s been a one man miracle in Britain, pressuring the government to spend $1 billion overhauling the country’s school lunch system, and founding a non-profit to train at-risk 18-24-year olds in the culinary arts.

Read his manifesto to educate people and children on eating well.

As a food writer,Oliver has written 10 cookbooks, translated into 29 languages, with almost 24 million copies sold in 56 countries.

While I’m on the subject of TED, there’s much to explore on the site, particularly ¬†free videos based on “ideas worth spreading.” Here’s a list of talks based on food. And as an aside: Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks once helped produce the TED annual conferences.

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  6 Responses to “Jamie Oliver, Taken Seriously”

  1. Jamie Oliver could teach some other celebrity chefs a few lessons. What I love most about him is that I always learn something new from him, whether it is from one of his books, shows or even an interview. Last week I watched his show and learned that you can keep vegetables fresh for months (MONTHS!) in the winter by burying them in a box filled with sand and keeping the box outdoors.

    TED is a great resource. Thank you for introducing me to it. Happy Holidays Dianne!

  2. I love the TED conference! I’ve always wanted to go. Someday.

    I also really loved Elizabeth Gilbert’s talk on the creative muse and where it comes from.

  3. I read that he was quite keen do a Neighbours appearence! :O. Sounds a bit dodgy to me. There’s a bit of me that kind of hopes this is not true lol.

  4. I watched his video a couple of weeks ago and was truly impressed by the passion he has for teaching children about food. It would be great if more famous people would step up like he has and make some noise!

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