20 January 2017 2 min read

Jamie's Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen has hit Stockland Newport, in Queensland, with the program running from 16 January for 10 weeks. Local residents will have the opportunity to access and participate in an innovative, community based cooking program built on Jamie's beliefs about cooking and the associated impact on healthy living.

The 90 minute classes are held at the same time each week for five weeks with a maximum of twelve participants in each class.  The course is open to people aged 12 years and over, who want to learn the basics of cooking with fresh food in a fun environment.

Jamie's Ministry of Food is a practical solution to the problems associated with diet-related disease. The community-focused program aims to inspire people to get back to basics in the kitchen. Queensland Health's Executive Director of Preventive Health, Kaye Pulsford said the mobile kitchen program was giving local residents an opportunity to learn basic food and cooking skills and providing them with practical tips on how to achieve better health.

"This program is all about getting people back in the kitchen and showing them that creating tasty and nutritious meals can be fun and affordable," Ms Pulsford said. 

It's about teaching people to start cooking for themselves and equipping them with some simple skills and knowledge. The program inspires and empowers change in the way they and their families eat, and how they think about food. The program includes Jamie's hints, tips and shortcuts for preparing healthy food from scratch using fresh ingredients.

Jamie's Ministry of Food Australia is delivered by The Good Foundation and supported by Stockland while in Newport. Queensland Health provides funding to The Good Foundation to support the delivery of the program throughout Queensland.

David Laner, Regional Manager at Stockland, said: "We are thrilled to be a part of this positive program, bringing Jamie's Ministry of Food to the Newport community. We know the importance of a diverse fresh food offering and continually strive to deliver more for all residents in the area, from families to retirees." 

"Stockland always strives to create a better way to live and we see our communities as an important part of living this ethos. We see this new initiative with Jamie's Ministry of Food and The Good Foundation as a perfect way to encourage people to improve their cooking skills and help to create a happy, healthier community."