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Staff, students and community turn out to learn cooking basics


21 October 2011

The classes taught how to prepare a simple, tasty and healthy meal in just a few minutes.
The classes taught how to prepare a simple, tasty and healthy meal in just a few minutes.

The University of Sydney's historic Quadrangle lawns today hosted hundreds of University of Sydney staff, students and community members who participated in a giant cooking school with Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food Ambassador and renowned chef, Ian Curley.

Ian Curley took three classes of 100 people through how to prepare Jamie Oliver's Cracking Burger and the delicious but healthy Chargrilled Chicken Kebab. Onlookers enjoyed the warm spring sunshine as a large screen relayed video of Curley's cooking skills.

Also in attendance were the Minister for Mental Health, Healthy Lifestyles and Western NSW, the Hon Kevin Humphries MP; University of Sydney Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Garton; Chair of the Good Foundation, Laura Anderson; cooking celebrities Sammy and Bella Jakubiak; as well as a host of representatives from prominent health not-for-profit organisations, including the Australian Diabetes Council.

The event was the result of an exciting collaboration between Jamie's Ministry of Food Australia and the University of Sydney's new centre researching solutions to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It was designed to help more people to learn the basics of cooking and how easy it can be to prepare a simple, tasty and healthy meal in just a few minutes.

A group of 20 Year 11 students travelled from Bass High School to participate in the event, as part of the University's Compass find your way to higher education program.

Joel Smith, spokesperson for the research centre said he was thrilled at the response to the event and hoped it would make a difference to the lives of all who participated in the classes.

"We were inspired to put together this event with Jamie's Ministry of Food because both organisations are working, in different ways, to provide people with the experience and skills to make better food choices," he said.

"Both organisations want to educate and help more people to be able to cook low cost, time efficient and delicious healthy meals. We want to equip people with the skills that will result in less incidences of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the long run."

Ian Curley (centre) with the enthusiastic volunteers who helped make the cooking classes happen.
Ian Curley (centre) with the enthusiastic volunteers who helped make the cooking classes happen.


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Media enquiries:

Regarding the University of Sydney: Rachel Gleeson, 02 9351 6753, 0403 067 342, rachel.gleeson@sydney.edu.au

Regarding Jamie's Ministry of Food Australia: Camilla Speirs, 03 8506 1641, 0409 359 339 or camilla@stylecounsel.com.au or Jessica Dunn, 03 8506 1641, 0433 154 945, jessica@stylecounsel.com.au