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India gets ready for food revolution


On Friday, chef Kunal Kapur along with Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez joined celebrity chef and entrepreneur Jamie Oliver to create more awareness around global health crisis. Their ultimate aim: get people to sign up for Food Revolution – a global campaign by Oliver to provoke debate and inspire positive, meaningful change in the way children access, consume and understand food.

This year, taking the Food Revolution to the social media platform, a number of live videos were streamed from Oliver’s Facebook page from United Kingdom. This kickstarted the campaign and then it was handed over to prominent chefs and celebrities from nine countries — Australia, India, USA, Kenya, Canada, Tanzania, Germany, Nigeria and Brazil.

To mark the occasion, Kapur cooked a healthy meal with Jacqueline at Pali Village Café in Bandra, Mumbai which was streamed live on Facebook. It’s an initiative he feels strongly about because, he says, it has never been more important, to educate children about nutrition and developing a healthy relationship with food. “It’s great to be involved in the Food Revolution this year. Even as millions of kids suffer from malnutrition, last year over a quarter of Indian children between the ages of 13 and 18 were obese. If we’re going to combat the nutrition crisis we have to do it as one,” said Jacqueline.

Staying true to the theme of simple, easy and healthy cooking, the chef-celeb duo prepared two recipes — sattu paratha and masala omelette. The reason behind choosing such common ingredients was the focus on nutrition. Kapur says food items like sattu and eggs are easily available and packed with nutrition. “Sattu is a staple food for people in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Bengal and Orissa. It’s high in India gets for food revolution protein, iron and fibre,” he said.”

The delicious marathon live stream aimed to create more awareness around healthy cooking and eating. Often called the `chef crusader’, Jamie has been been vocal about diet-related diseases, especially amongst kids. “The last 15 years have been tough at times. There were a few of us out there asking questions, wanting answers and making a lot of noise but it often felt like no one was listening. But recently we’ve started making headway, governments are beginning– to change policies,” says Jamie. Later this month, he will delver a keynote on the double burden of nutrition crisis – malnutrition and obesity at the World Health Assembly meeting in Geneva, which will be attended by key leaders and policy makers,from various nations across the world.

Food Revolution is a global campaign by Jamie Oliver to inspire change in the way children access, consume and understand food World-renowned chef Jamie Oliver will soon deliver a keynote address at the World Health Assembly meeting in Geneva.

Source: Mail Today
(Photo: Indiatoday)

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