I look after all nutritional requests and demands from the media group and I analyse all recipes that are created, which includes Jamie’s books, TV shows, Jamie’s Recipes App, jamieoliver.com, FoodTube and Jamie magazine (that’s just to name a few!), so that I can triple check our food and nutritional standards are met. I give nutritional training to specific teams across the business and I also work with our commercial team to ensure all of the partners we work with are on board with our food and nutrition standards.
Do you plan the recipes?
My role is to ensure that all recipes are nutritionally suitable, according to how they’re used. For Food Revolution Day, I analyse each recipe to make sure they’re in line with our health guidelines for families and children. That means making sure they’re all balanced, healthy meals, with a controlled level of saturated fat, salt and sugar. We need to make sure we’re giving people recipes that are delicious and, importantly, nutritious.
What things do you consider when planning the FRD meal?
The Food Revolution Day recipes encourage people to eat a varied, balanced diet, with all of the food groups, as well as to keep an eye on their portion sizes. We also suggest healthier options wherever possible, like swapping white pasta for whole-wheat pasta or using lean protein. Showing people how to make these healthy swaps without compromising on flavour, is really important to demonstrate that healthy, nutritious food doesn’t have to be boring.
Why are days like FRD important for raising awareness about the importance of nutrition for young people?
Food Revolution Day is an invaluable opportunity to educate people on the little changes they can make to their diet so they can be more healthy, like balancing a meal to include all the food groups or switching refined, starchy carbohydrates for more nutritious wholegrain ones. Talking openly about how to eat nutritious food is a great way to get people to think more about the difference between nutrient dense foods and nutritious calories and those that just fill you up without any benefits to your body at all. Food Revolution Day is simply a chance to get people thinking about what they’re putting in their body and what it means in the long run.
Do you believe days like FRD really make a difference in the lives of children or does it take a lot more to change bad habits?
I think it takes more than a day of excitement and activity to change people’s day-to-day behaviour, but it’s still really important to raise awareness around what good, nutritious, tasty food really looks like. Food Revolution Day gets people engaged and inspired to think about food and how it affects their bodies.