The folks at Jamie’s Ministry of Food have been teaching Ipswich residents how to plate up low cost, hands-on food from scratch since the purpose-built facility opened in d’Arcy Doyle Place in 2011.
Since opening, 6550 people have completed courses at Ipswich’s Jamie’s Ministry of Food.
Jamie’s Ministry of Food Ipswich centre manager Jane Trewartha has announced she will be extending classes to Springfield residents with the first course starting on 5 February.
The course involves a 90 minute lesson each week for five weeks.
The five week course is inspired by Jamie Oliver’s book 5 Ingredients – Quick & Easy Food which teaches participants how to bake, grill, saute, boil and roast using fresh ingredients.
“If I had one wish, I’d wish for everyone to help create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food. To inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity,” said Jamie Oliver.
The Springfield course will be run out of the YMCA Springfield Lakes Community Centre.
Ms Trewartha said she wanted to reach a new audience and in particular people who find it difficult to travel into Ipswich CBD.
“It’s quite a populated area and we have put a range of class time in so if you are working during the day, you can still get to a class after work,” she said.
“Everyone can benefit from our courses, it’s really inspiring to find some delicious ways to get some more fruit and vegetables into your diet.
“It’s very easy to learn, we make it fun.
“You don’t need to be a chef.”
Eli and Kim Quodling take part in a Jamie’s Ministry of Food course.
Kim Quodling recently completed the 5 Ingredients 5 Week Course with her son Eli and is hoping he might do more of the cooking at home.
“I am a bit of a Jamie Oliver fan and I knew there was the cooking school here in Ipswich,” Mrs Quodling said.
“I was looking for something to do with my son so it was a Christmas present for him.
“It’s been great fun, Eli likes to experiment.
“We really enjoyed it and I think we are very lucky to have it here and we have to make the most of it.”
There are various courses on offer with Jamie Oliver saying the programs teach kids recipes that will help save their lives.
“The goal has been to get kids excited about real food that doesn’t come wrapped in plastic or with a toy,” he said.
Date: Wednesday 5th February 2020
Time: Session 1: 12.30pm to 2pm, Session 2: 4pm to 5.30pm, Session 3: 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: YMCA Springfield Lakes Community Centre, 53 Springfield Lakes Blvd, Springfield