Food Revolution: Cooking & Company for Jamie Oliver

Join Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

What is the Food Revolution?
The Food Revolution is a national movement started by chef Jamie Oliver that aims to change the way people eat and to keep cooking skills alive in homes and communities across the United States.

What is Cooking & Company?
Cooking & Company extends the Food Revolution from schools to the workplace. The program’s goal is to teach 350,000 adults basic cooking skills. We want to excite people about cooking for themselves and provide support where they could use it the most: on the job.

Why is Cooking at Work important?
Adults spend most of their waking hours at work. They often feel pressed for time and, as a result, their eating habits suffer. But what if they had the tools and the time to develop cooking skills and share their experiences? Putting the Food Revolution to work at work is a natural place to start.

Why should companies participate?
Many US companies are starting to make wellness programs a priority in the workplace. These programs keep employees feeling better and reduce overall health-care spending. Yet only 17 percent of employees currently participate in workplace wellness programs, which tend to focus on bad behaviors and negative attributes.

Would more employees participate is they received a positive, inspiring way to take better care of themselves? We think so. We believe that teaching employees to cook and improve their eating habits will get them interested and invested in their well-being — and keep them motivated to participate in wellness programs. It’s not easy. Bringing the Food Revolution to work takes commitment and care. It takes companies who support their employees’ well-being. And it takes lots of creativity to explore fun, simple, and supportive ways to get people cooking. But it can be done!

Project date: 2011


Useful Links

Join Jamie Oliver and other Food Revolutionaries on the Official Food Revolution community page on Facebook.

Check out how the Food Revolution started. Watch Jamie Oliver talk about his TED Prize wish to teach children about food and inspire families to cook again.

Learn more about Jamie Oliver’s TED Prize– the vision, the strategy, and how you can join the movement.

Share culinary tips and tricks that work well for your organization with other Cooking & Company Community Leaders.

Food Safety 101

Preparing foods at the office may make it a little more challenging than usual to maintain food-safety standards. Here are a few rules of thumb to follow:

  • Wash hands, surfaces, tools, and ingredients you begin preparing a meal and throughout the cooking process.
  • Keep your ingredients separated during the shopping, preparation and cooking process. Improper handling of raw meat, poultry and seafood can cause cross-contamination, resulting in the spread of bacteria throughout the kitchen.
  • Use two cutting surfaces — one for meat, poultry and seafood, and another for fresh produce.
  • Keep cooking utensils and vessels clean. Never place cooked food back on a plate or container that was used for raw meat, poultry, seafood, or eggs—unless you’ve properly washed it first.
  • Cook food to proper internal temperatures to keep it safe for consumption. Use a meat thermometer when necessary.
  • Refrigerate or freeze perishables, prepared foods, and leftovers within two hours of purchase or use. Always thaw and marinate meat, poultry, or seafood in the refrigerator (and not on the countertop).

For more tips, visit fightbac.org