Jamie Oliver Wins TED Award & Wishes for a Food Revolution

Congratulations Jamie!TED awards prizes to people who have ideas that can change the world. Each winner receives $100,000 and the right to share their passion and wish with a room full of important and influential people at TED’s annual conference. Jamie did that tonight at the annual TED conference that I watched as it streamed on CNN’s live feed over the Internet. Click here to watch the archived video on TED’s site.

Jamie Oliver’s Wish

“I wish for your help to create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity.”

One video clip he showed was a classroom full of children who were unable to identify a tomato, potato, cauliflower or eggplant. I am still choked up over that. During his talk, he asked corporate America to back Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign and the audience cheered.

jofr-badgelgJamie has started a Food Revolution. He has a wish list of things he needs  and the movers and shakers in the audience raised their hands one by one and donated their goods and services to support and grow the movement. You can read about it here and watch the video once they’ve posted it. http://www.tedprize.org/jamie-oliver/

Please sign his petition, join the movement and spread the word. A member of the state of Rhode Island’s board of ed was in the room and invited Jamie to come help them rewrite their food standards and he was thrilled. I think that offer made him the happiest of the evening.

Jamie had a unique opportunity to share his passion and vision for helping reform the way we eat and he got buy in. This is going to happen. It will take years, but it’s officially “game on.”


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