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Pop into our place, Jamie

Friday, 7th March, 2014

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver next to a pile of junk food at the the launch of The Ministry of Food in Melbourne in 2012.PICTURE: Julian Smith Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver next to a pile of junk food at the the launch of The Ministry of Food in Melbourne in 2012.PICTURE: Julian Smith

By By Estelle Winders

Broken Hill may be getting its very own pop-up kitchen, as well as a visit from the creator of “pop-up’ kitchens, British chef Jamie Oliver.

Mr Oliver started pop-up kitchens after he was inspired by the way the British government taught people how to make the most out of their rations during the Second World War.

Three pop-up kitchens have already been set up in Australia in Geelong, Ipswich and Western Sydney - and Broken Hill could be next.

Local dietician Heidi Drenkhahn said that if Broken Hill is successful, a pop-up kitchen will be open in the city for 12 months.

“It would improve people’s cooking skills, give them confidence in the kitchen to play around with different ingredients and they would gain a better understanding of food,” she said.

“It would also reduce people’s takeaway intake.”

According to Ms Drenkhahn, there are multiple factors as to why people no longer cook their own food.

“In modern society we have dual income. Both parents go to work, unlike in the past where the mother would stay home and cook for the family,” she said.

“Another factor is that with the advancement of modern food, kids aren’t used to cooking.”

If all goes to plan, the kitchen would be open to the whole community.

Ms Drenkhahn said she hoped that the services provided would be tailored to people’s needs and that the pop-up kitchen would teach families the importance of eating together, which helps the mental health of the family.

The classes held at pop-up kitchens teach people basic cooking skills and are completely hands-on, so you get to see, smell, touch and taste everything cooked.

One finalist from each state will be picked on Friday, March 14, and the successful finalists will go to Sydney on March 23 to meet Mr Oliver.

To show your support, you can go on the Jamie’s Ministry of Food Pop-up Kitchens Broken Hill Facebook page and ‘like’ it within the next nine days.

Ms Drenkhahn thanked the 19 agencies around town who have already shown their support.

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