Fighting for Food Education: Food Revolution Day 2015

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An in-classroom “sprout growing” project.
A mystery box vegetarian culinary challenge.
Cooking with less-than-perfect “wonky veg”.
A hands-on parent-child cooking class.
A whole school cooking together.
A chance to win a family cooking class with Matt Basile at Lisa Marie Restaurant.
Parents cooking with their kids and their friends at home and sitting down to enjoy a meal together.


What do all these things have in common? They’re some of the ways Toronto Food Revolution Ambassadors will be marking Food Revolution Day 2015.

Friday May 15th 2015 is the fourth annual Food Revolution Day – a day of global action created by Jamie Oliver and the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation to engage and inspire people of all ages to learn about food and how to cook it.

This year, Food Revolution Day is a global campaign to put compulsory food education back on the school curriculum. Jamie believes that by educating children about food and cooking, we can equip them with the basic skills they need to lead healthier, happier lives, for themselves and their future families.  With overweight and obesity statistics increasing at an alarming rate, and preventable diet-related disease claiming more lives earlier than ever before, it has never been more important to educate children about food, where it comes from and how it affects their bodies. Food Revolution Day is about getting kids food smart and setting them up for a long, healthy life.

How can YOU get involved in Food Revolution Day 2015?

Sign the petition. In late March, Jamie launched a global petition calling on the leaders and governments of G20 countries to make food education a compulsory part of every school curriculum. Sign up and spread the word at

Do your bit. Find a local Ambassador to see what’s being organized in your area (see over for more details on what the Toronto Ambassador team is planning)! Cook a meal from scratch with your kids using one of the official recipes. There are lots of ways to get involved!

Register a school. Get your local school to register online where they can download useful teaching materials and get involved in Jamie’s online cooking lesson on Food Revolution Day.

Don’t forget to share your photos and plans on social media #FoodRevolutionDay.

Food Revolution Day 2015 events in Toronto

The Toronto Food Revolution Ambassador team has put together a variety of activities and events to celebrate Food Revolution Day this year:

  • Dorothy Pang will host a vegetarian “mystery box” culinary competition for adults at Nella Cucina (Saturday April 25th, 5-6.30pm, free, open to the public, requires registration). 
  • Susan Ng and teachers at Northview Heights Secondary School will be preparing the official Food Revolution Day Squash-it Sandwich with 1500 students on Friday May 15th.
  • Linda Matarasso will host a healthy cooking demo featuring “wonky veg” at Hendrix Restaurant Equipment and Supplies (Saturday May 16th 2015 12pm – 3pm, free, open to the public, registration required).
  • Jen Farr will be hosting a Food Revolution Day Party at home on May 16th where she will teach over 30 children (aged 8- 12) to make Jamie Oliver’s Squash-It Sandwich.
  • Carol Harrison (RD) will be cooking with children at Bowmore Road Child Care Centre (Friday, May 15th).
  • Mary Hulbert will lead a cooking class for 20 children as part of the after school program at St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club in west Toronto in the week leading up to Food Revolution Day.
  • Christine Barisheff has partnered with the Jean Augustine Centre for Youth Empowerment and Cirillos Culinary Academy for two exciting cook-off challenges in May!  On Food Revolution Day she will be in Ontario farm country educating two primary school classes on the importance of healthy eating!

Win a cooking lesson with Matt Basile from Lisa Marie RestaurantA family cooking photo contest for Food Revolution Day 2015

This year, Matt Basile of Lisa Marie restaurant wants to get families back in the kitchen and is offering the chance to win a private family cooking class with him at Lisa Marie restaurant. How cool is that?

To enter:
1. Take a photo of your family cooking together.
2. Share it on Instagram or Twitter mentioning @FoodRevToronto @fidelgastros and #FRDLisaMarie
3. Email a copy of your photo to mardi at eatlivetravelwrite dot com

Contest runs April 22nd – May 13th 2015 at 6pm EST.  Matt Basile and Kyla Zanardi will chose their favourite entry and the winner will be notified by email on May 15th 2015, Food Revolution Day! Prize will be a cooking class at Lisa Marie restaurant with Matt Basile on a date to be determined between both parties.

So what are you waiting for – let’s get cooking!

How I’m fighting for food education – my Food Revolution Day 2015 plans

1. Bringing food into the curriculum!

Because I believe that Food Revolution Day is about more than just one day of action, this year I am preparing the official Food Revolution Day Squash-it Sandwich with my Grades 3-6 French classes en français in the week of May 11th using sprouts the boys will be growing in class specifically for use in the sandwiches!  This year A.Vogel Canada has offered donations of these sprouting kits to Ambassadors across Canada!


This year Sobeys has offered support and donations to Ambassadors across Canada (they have been a proud supporter of my Food Revolution Day events since the very beginning – 2012, 2013 and 2014!) and it’s with their generous support I will be offering a public cooking class on Food Revolution Day!


2. Getting hands on with parents and kids in the kitchen!

I’ll be hosting a parent-child cooking classon Friday May 15th 2015, from 5.30 – 7.30pm ($5, open to the public, registration required) with Mary Catherine Anderson where participants will prepare a number of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution recipes then sit down to enjoy them together.

KitchenAid Diamond Blender and smoothies


This event is also proudly sponsored by KitchenAid Canada and participants will have the chance to win a 5-Speed Diamond Blender!



So tell me – how will YOU be fighting for food education this Food Revolution Day?

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