Jamie Oliver Food Foundation

Jamie’s Kitchen Garden Project

Jamie’s Kitchen Garden will provide children and families with a pleasurable and hands on food education. Children will learn how to grow and prepare fresh seasonal produce through integrated curriculum learning in specially designed kitchen classrooms and productive food gardens.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2012 to 5:00 PM, 19 December 2012

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1094536)

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The valuable life skill of practical cooking is no longer taught in our schools and hasn’t been for some time. Many schools, particularly primary schools, no longer have the facilities to teach cooking and teachers lack the specialist knowledge and confidence to teach these subjects. As a result we now have two generations who can’t cook fresh food for scratch which means they and their families are heavily reliant on convenience foods that are too high in salt, fat and sugar.


The project will work with schools, government, commercial companies, local councils and communities to develop specialist kitchens and food gardens in schools. In those facilities, children will learn how to grow and prepare fresh seasonal produce through integrated curriculum that is fun and hands on. They will be able to create a range of basic nutritious meals from scratch. Teachers will receive specialist training in the delivery of food cooking, growing and nutrition.

  • This is about real food, for real life. No nonsense.

    — Jamie Oliver

  • In an age of fast food and ready meals, it is heartening to see pupils cooking vegetables they have grown and harvested.

    — Stephen Green, Headmaster, Orford Primary School

  • Be passionate about it; if you enjoy yourself, then what you make will turn out well.

    — Louis, from Orford Primary School