Bid to bring cooking skills programme to Footscray

March 13, 2014 by  

Residents in Footscray are being urged to support a campaign that looks to bring TV cook Jamie Oliver’s latest project to the area.

Victoria University has launched a bid to get the Ministry of Food programme to its Footscray campus to encourage healthy eating.

The initiative helps teach people the principles of healthy food and how to create basic dishes with simple cooking techniques, and has included a television series and cookbook.

As part of the scheme, a pop-up kitchen is taken to areas for 12 months to teach local people cooking skills.

An expert of dietetics at Victoria University, Judy Sheeshka, explained that the institution’s Footscray Park campus had modern kitchen facilities and a restaurant, and would be a perfect location.

The area has some of the worst health statistics in Victoria, with high levels of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity, and Sheeshka said the whole community could benefit. She said:

“We think it’s important to intervene and prevent chronic disease where it’s possible and to teach people how to properly prepare local cuisine and integrate some of the fabulous ethnic foods available in the area into their diets.”

Poster printing is a good way of promoting a campaign, especially on a budget, and can be combined with other avenues such as online marketing.

The venue for the next pop-up kitchen will be announced on Sunday March 23rd.