Last Saturday morning, I was driving my 7-year-old and his friend to a birthday party. I heard his friend say, “Last night we watched this show about school food. I don’t think I’m ever going to be allowed to eat a chicken nugget again.”
When you’re me, and you’re job is to write about things like this, an unprompted conversation about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution between children in the backseat of your car is like striking gold.
He went on to explain how “this guy” showed kids vegetables and they didn’t even know what they were. But when he showed them McDonald’s chicken nuggets, they knew what they were. Then the guy made them some chicken nuggets and now my son’s friend’s mom won’t ever buy them again. Jenn, our family blogger, showed us the chicken nugget clip yesterday.
He got one thing wrong. The nuggets the children were shown weren’t from McDonald’s, but it’s interesting to note that my son’s friend automatically associates chicken nuggets with McDonald’s.
Here’s a clip of Oliver testing the student’s knowledge of vegetables.
At the time of this conversation, I hadn’t seen Food Revolution yet. We had been at the neighbors Friday night, and the neighborhood kids wanted to watch WWE. I had tried to convince them to watch Food Revolution, but they wouldn’t let me have control of the TV.
I heard my son ask his friend, “Dude, why were you watching Jamie Oliver when you could have been watching WWE.”
His friend said, “My mom wouldn’t let us because she wanted to watch this. But that’s okay because it was a really good show.”
So there you have it. Straight from the mouth of a 7-year-old that may never eat another chicken nugget because of the show – it’s really good.
Later that afternoon, I did get to see both episodes on Hulu that aired Friday night. My son’s friend is right. Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution is really good. It’s entertaining. It’s educational. It will hopefully open the eyes of parents to the problem with school lunches. You should watch it, and if you have kids, get them to watch it with you.