Jamie Oliver’s home cooking program Jamie’s Ministry of Food will launch its first Melbourne CBD location this month, opening at the Prahran Market from 12 May.

The program aims to teach vital home cooking skills to Australians while raising money to support the delivery of Jamie’s Ministry of Food programs around the country.

Every $1,000 raised supports two people through a seven-week Jamie’s Ministry of Food course or four children through Jamie Oliver’s Learn Your Fruit and Veg food literacy and cooking program.

Australian chef Tobie Puttock will lead the Prahran Market kitchen, running one classes featuring recipes from Jamie’s Ministry of Food and Oliver’s cookbook, 5 Ingredients – Quick & Easy Food.

“We are thrilled to be offering Jamie’s Ministry of Food to the people of Melbourne,” says Amy Smith CEO of Jamie’s Ministry of Food.

“While we’re a city of culinary enthusiasts, sadly many of us have lost the art of basic home cooking and therefore consume processed foods in excess. With only approximately 7 per cent of the Australian population is eating the recommended daily serve of vegetables, our program is paramount as it teaches people that cooking from scratch is not only fun but a good way to eat more veggies and a brilliant way to engage with family and friends.”

Since Jamie’s Ministry of Food launched eight years ago, the program has seen almost 40,700 Australians through the program, across its kitchens in Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland.

The opening is positive news for the celebrity chef’s Australian presence, after the Jamie’s Italian chain of restaurants recently went into voluntary administration.

Image credit: Jamie’s Ministry of Food

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