He already swayed the school district to ban flavored milk, yet Jamie Oliver's presence in Los Angeles has gotten even bigger. In a downtown parking lot, the chef has turned a 70-ft-long, red-and-khaki-striped big rig into a cooking school.
As part of Food Revolution, Oliver has been performing healthy cooking demonstrations for officials and potential donors - but the kids are the ones who are really learning.
The bus has eight rolling stations, equipped with two cutting surfaces and two induction stovetops. Each station can fit four people. At lunchtime, 16 teenagers from the youth development program Inner City Struggle cooked marinated chicken and chopped salad, wrapped in whole-wheat tortillas.
"The 'Food Revolution' got my attention," said sophomore at Lincoln High School, Angela Gonzales. "In our schools there is a lot that isn't right with the food. It's a lot of processed food."
Once the truck begins traveling, it will offer cooking classes to children, adults and families in South Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, Long Beach and Santa Ana. It will focus of simple, healthy and everyday meals.
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