Tuesday, June 28, 2011

1585 - Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution: season two

This was a very different season from anything Jamie has dealt with so far in terms of trying to make food better for children.  To start off with he couldn't even get into a school cafeteria for almost the entire season.  So instead he has to do other things - which were interesting as well.  Jamie acknowledged that the country is obsessed with fast food and watching him attack that was interesting as well.  If I have any critiques it's that Jamie felt a little... smug this season... and perhaps things felt a little more 'set-up' than usual.  I work in television, and I've done a fair amount of work in reality/docu television and I can smell a set-up a mile away.  It's not to say that things didn't happen, but it's pretty easy to spot that something that happened spontaneously and something that was recreated.  In the grand scheme it doesn't matter, what matters is that Jamie is making a difference.  If you follow the news on this you'll see that even after the filming of the season change s continuing to happen in L.A.  Is it all Jamie?  No.  Of course not.  But he sure didn't hurt.
I was sad to learn that ABC has cancelled this series.  I'd be surprised if someone else didn't pick it up in some capacity.  The show itself is entertaining, but it's also eye-opening and important.  Although I suppose if people just aren't watching then that says something in and of itself.  My ultimate hope would be that Jamie continues the work with or without the cameras.  He reportedly earned $25 million dollars doing this series, so it's not as if he needs the money. 
Watch this series if you can, or anything Jamie is involved with - his message is earnest, honest, and good: eat good food, know what it is, where it comes from, and what it'll do to you.
Jamie's Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals

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