You may recall that last year, celeb chef and all-around-do-gooder Jamie Oliver spent a few months in Huntington, West Virginia, trying to turn around the eating habit of "the most unhealthy city in America." ABC announced this week that the Ryan Seacrest-produced show based on his American stop over, Jamie's Food Revolution, is set to premier at the end of March. Says Oliver of the new series:
"The time is right for people to rediscover the sense of pride, satisfaction and fun you can get from cooking for the people you love. There's an incredible community in Huntington, and I want this experience to be a celebration of what we can achieve when people come together."During the filming of the show, word broke that many citizens of Huntingon were worried that the show would portray the town in a negative light that would be hard for them to shake. The first clip of the show has just hit the web, the residents of Huntington have seen it, and they are not too happy with the results.
While the clip does show Oliver getting the town's kids excited about healthy foods and excercize, of course, it also highlights many of the area's poor eating habits, and in one bit, shows an elementary school student who thinks that a tomato, is a potato. A Huntington City Councilwoman reacted to the video today:
"It seemed to me he was making fun of us. West Virginians have been made fun of a lot, so I guess we are thin skinned. Like the little boy who thought [tomatoes] were potatoes . I know the child knows potatoes? I really did not care much for his approach. I guess I’m seeing a double thing; he could have handled the whole situation better than the clip"While it seems unlikely that Oliver would really want to defame the town that hosted him for two months and accepted his challenge, it does look like a large part of the show will be focussed on the opposition he did face there. One part of the clip, in particular, shows a stubborn local DJ telling Jamie off, leaving the chef in tears. Hopefully come March, we'll get to find out the full story.
·Jamie Oliver Kickstarts a Revolution In America [The Futon Critic]
· Clip of Jamie’s 'Revolution' Hits Web [Huntington News]
· Jamie Oliver Named Honorary West Virginian [-E-]
· All Jamie Oliver Coverage on Eater [-E-]