Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Episode 6 and Season Finale, aired on ABC Friday night, taking place in Huntington, West Virginia and featured the singing of Rascal Flatts. The hit show over six episodes attempted to convey how “The Naked Chef” was trying to change the eating habits of school children especially. The Season Finale and Episode 6 of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution wasn’t one of those storybook types. For there is much work to do in this city, but at least Huntington, West Virginia is starting to “get it.” Attitudes and actions are changing.
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Episode 6, Its Season Finale, in Huntington, West Virginia Saw “The Naked Chef” Get $130,000 in Checks
The show begins with Jamie getting stopped by a cop for running a red light en route to his Food Revolution Festival, but he escaped a ticket. When “The Naked Chef” got to the festival, he was greeted with good news as Cabell Huntington Hospital official Doug Sheils presented him checks for $80,000 for the 27 schools’ food programs plus $50,000 to keep Jamie’s Kitchen running (which is now called Huntington’s Kitchen). The festival was highlighted by a musical performance of Rascal Flatts, the last day Oliver was to be in town.
Next, Jamie went around the country talking about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, but three months later, Oliver saw things beginning to go down hill in Huntington, West Virginia. Oliver comes back to talk to food “czar” Rhonda, who planned to bring back processed food on Fridays (because of economics), but “The Naked Chef” asked her to try to rescind the future orders of this stuff for the 2011 school year. Oliver also said that more paper bag lunches were being brought to school.
At the elementary school where old nemesis Alice works, fresh food was on the menu, but flavored milk has made its return and the bagged lunches were full of junk food like potato chips, jelly beans, and processed food, which are “unregulated.” He was up in arms over bagged lunches not meeting his Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution standards. At Huntington’s Kitchen, “The Naked Chef” brainstormed what to do about the regression in Huntington, West Virginia. He wanted the schools to meet for a “boot camp”, and asked Alice to help him out.
In Huntington, West Virginia, Alice Helps Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Episode 6 Get Back on Track in the Season Finale
Oliver said that Alice has been getting a lot of hate e-mails for helping “The Naked Chef.” Alice said that the kids are beginning to really accept the food and the cooks aren’t having as hard a time making the recipes. Alice wasn’t happy about “processed food Friday”, and viewers could tell during this Season Finale that she’s a much bigger fan of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. She and the other Central City Elementary School cooks agreed to go around town to ask around 30 schools to come to the “boot camp.” Oliver was peeved about the flavored milk still being sold in the school cafeterias. Rod Willis had the gang over for a radio chat, and was happy to finally meet Alice, and paid up his lost bet to Jamie with a beer.
Pastor Steve’s church is where the “boot camp” took place, as “The Naked Chef” helped to get his mass kitchen remodeled and even put a basketball court on site. Alice led the charge in admonishing the people to cook healthier. Chili beef nachos were prepared en masse. Attendees said that they didn’t like “processed food Fridays”, and talked about making their home menus healthier. Rhonda and the superintendent stopped by and agreed to change if the USDA would work with them to get healthier food, but Oliver now has to negotiate with the government bureaucrats. According to Oliver, nearly half the schools are on the right track. The Episode 6 show ended with Rascal Flatts’ tune My Wish.
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Season Finale, in Huntington, West Virginia Proves that the Real Hard Work Has to Be Done when the Cameras Are Off:
It’s human nature to get all excited when the cameras are on, but when there’s no Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution around, the hard work comes when there’s no fanfare. The city of Huntington, West Virginia was lucky to have someone help them, but now the ball is in this city’s court as time moves on. My articles on Episodes 1 and 2 can be read here, and Episode 3 here; Episode 4 here; Episode 5 here.
Episode 6, Season Finale, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, April 23, 2010, ABC, Mountain Time feed