As Jamie Oliver's Australian PRs prepare to announce the timing of an Australian visit by the pukka chef later this year his presence will be felt soon in Queensland with the kick off of his Ministry of Food program next week.
A 14 metre truck containing the Ministry of Food mobile kitchen and classroom on wheels will begin operation on January 20 with the city of Logan the first to be visited.
The truck will travel to metro and regional Queensland communities teaching Oliver's philosophy of food with the aim of inspiring people back into the kitchen.
The program is being supported by the Queensland Government and electrical retailer The Good Guys.
Oliver said the mobile kitchen was an "incredible asset" for the Ministry of Food program.
"It allows these life changing cooking classes to reach loads of different communities, even if they are quite remote." he said.
"It just shows that the Ministry of Food is doing everything it can to help as many people as possible."
The food truck will be offering a five week cooking course including a 90 minute cooking class per week. Participants will learn Oliver's hints and shortcuts to cooking simple and healthy meals using fresh ingredients.
Queensland Health minister said the program comes at a time as obesity levels continue to rise. He said 3.7 million Queensland adults were predicted to be overweight or obese by 2020, based on current trends.
"There is an urgent need to educate Queenslanders about preparing nutritious meals and help them to lead long, healthy lives," he said.