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Gingersnap
03-23-2010, 01:55 PM
Jamie Oliver reduced to tears (and so are the Americans as they reject his healthy eating advice)
By David Gardner
Last updated at 6:19 PM on 23rd March 2010

Jamie Oliver knew it wasn't going to be easy changing the eating habits of the unhealthiest city in America.
But he was so shocked by the hostile reaction to his health crusade that it reduced him to tears.
The celebrity chef crossed the Atlantic pledging to usher in a food revolution in a country where two out of three people are overweight.

Heading straight for the clogged-up heart of the problem, he chose a city where schoolchildren are served up pizza and chocolate milk for breakfast.

But there was little appetite in down-at-heel Huntington, West Virginia, for the cheeky chappie Londoner.
And ‘Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution’ didn’t go too well across the rest of the country either, only drawing a comparatively modest 6.1 million viewers for its network premiere on Sunday night.

The locals in Huntington were already smarting over being branded America’s fast food capital by the US Centres for Disease Control.

And, if the first episode of Oliver’s new stateside reality show is to be believed, they certainly weren’t happy about being told what to eat by a foreigner with a meticulously tousled hair and a funny accent.
The TV chef’s first stop took him to a radio station where the interviewer made him about as welcome as a bowl of broccoli.

‘We don’t want to sit around eating lettuce all day!’ said DJ Rod Willis on the Rocky n’ Rod morning show at a country radio station. ‘Who made you king?’ he added.

While Oliver’s health crusade in Britain resulted in a trip to Downing Street five years ago and turned a healthy new leaf for more nutritional school meals, he appears to have a much bigger job on his plate in the US.

He meets the lunch ladies at a Huntington primary school just as they are serving up ‘breakfast pizza’ smothered in eggs, sausage and cheese to 450 children. Later, the same canteen lays on a lunch of chicken nuggets and instant mash potatoes.
‘It’s that kind of food that’s killing America,’ he declares.

‘You don’t have processed food in England,’ snaps back feisty head cook Alice Gue, who is singularly unimpressed at the intervention.

An incredulous Oliver is further stunned when he holds up tomatoes on a vine to a young boy, who thinks they are potatoes.

The next day, Oliver returns to whip up a healthy lunch of roast chicken and wild rice, while the school cooks provide a pepperoni pizza alternative, which proves by far the most popular with the pupils.
It didn’t help that Oliver was forced to apologise after the local Herald Dispatch newspaper ran an article chewing him out for being rude about Huntington.

Promoting the show, he said of Americans: ‘They are all anaemic with information. Like, when you meet these people, they are not stupid. They are not ignorant. It’s just that they have never had food from scratch in their life.’

Swearing the remarks were taken out of context, Oliver ends the first show sitting in the school playground in tears, upset that he is being judged so harshly.

‘They don’t understand me because they don’t know why I’m here,’ he sobs.

Sure, we do - you're making a snarky TV show. :D

American eating habits are as varied as Americans are. Having read the Daily Mail for years, I know for a pure fact that a substantial number of English children can't identify raw foods, won't eat any of Oliver's healthy school meals, and are every bit as porky as their American socio-economic counterparts. ;)

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1260052/Jamie-Oliver-reduces-mother-tears-Americans-reject-healthy-eating-advice.html#ixzz0j1jzirIY

linda22003
03-23-2010, 01:58 PM
Watch Gillian McKeith's "You Are What You Eat" on BBC America if you REALLY want to see Brits who can't deal with fresh food. One woman followed Gillian's shopping list, and a friend had to write down the names of all the veggies ON them so she would know what they were. :eek:

Apache
03-23-2010, 02:07 PM
he said of Americans: ‘They are all anaemic with information. Like, when you meet these people, they are not stupid. They are not ignorant. It’s just that they have never had food from scratch in their life.’
Bite me limey, you don't know Americans. Learn before you judge...

Zafod
03-23-2010, 02:10 PM
I cant stand that little closet prick. The guy is a total peice of elite trash.

Gingersnap
03-23-2010, 02:26 PM
Watch Gillian McKeith's "You Are What You Eat" on BBC America if you REALLY want to see Brits who can't deal with fresh food. One woman followed Gillian's shopping list, and a friend had to write down the names of all the veggies ON them so she would know what they were. :eek:

I've seen that show! That woman is just unbelievably annoying but so are her "subjects". If you don't like squash or tofu, there's no preparation that will make them taste as good as pizza or the equivalent. On this show, though, the woman seems to bully the people into not only eating the stuff but pretending it's "brilliant" as well.

Rather than changing 100% of the food choices of her victims, it would make more sense to find out what few healthy things they did enjoy and then expand out from there. Also, telling people that their favorite foods are "rubbish" isn't helpful.

noonwitch
03-23-2010, 02:35 PM
What kid isn't going to choose pepperoni pizza over roast chicken and wild rice?

Apache
03-23-2010, 02:47 PM
What kid isn't going to choose pepperoni pizza over roast chicken and wild rice?

I would've... I LOVE CHICKEN! :D

NJCardFan
03-23-2010, 03:12 PM
Bite me limey, you don't know Americans. Learn before you judge...

I can't be mad at him for that comment because in some cases he's right. In today's world it's hard to eat healthy. To cook and prepare meals. But as was said, Britain is hardly the bastion of healthy eating. I mean fish and chips? Steak and kidney pie?

Apache
03-23-2010, 03:53 PM
I can't be mad at him for that comment because in some cases he's right. In today's world it's hard to eat healthy. To cook and prepare meals. But as was said, Britain is hardly the bastion of healthy eating. I mean fish and chips? Steak and kidney pie?


It’s just that they have never had food from scratch in their life.’

That is what got me. I hate being stereotyped...

linda22003
03-23-2010, 04:16 PM
I've seen that show! That woman is just unbelievably annoying but so are her "subjects".

And she's uncomfortably fascinated with all matters scatalogical. A British friend of mine calls her a "coprophiliac nutter." :p

linda22003
03-23-2010, 04:17 PM
I can't be mad at him for that comment because in some cases he's right. In today's world it's hard to eat healthy. To cook and prepare meals. But as was said, Britain is hardly the bastion of healthy eating. I mean fish and chips? Steak and kidney pie?

Don't forget sticky toffee pudding.