After last week's season premiere of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, things looked pretty bleak for world-saving chef Jamie Oliver — what with being completely locked out from filming in the Los Angeles schools and everything — but now his PR firm brings news that he's "set to meet with" the new LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy.
Apparently the show and his recent television appearances (see Charlie Rose, The Daily Show, and Letterman) have caused the LAUSD to think twice and a thaw is now in the air. Next week he's heading back to Los Angeles to shoot the final two episodes of the series, and he'll at least get a meeting "with the hope of being able to work with LA's schools." He'll also be getting a tour of the school district's Central Kitchen. Progress!
Here's the press release:
“JAMIE OLIVER’S FOOD REVOLUTION” RESUMES FILMING IN L.A. FOR FINAL EPISODES
Ice Breaks with LAUSD – Jamie Oliver Set to Meet with New LAUSD Superintendent, Tour Central Kitchen
LOS ANGELES (April 19, 2011) – Today, Jamie Oliver, celebrity chef, best-selling author and food activist, made a big announcement regarding a significant breakthrough on the second season of his Emmy-Award winning ABC television series “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.” Jamie called into KIIS-FM’s “On-Air with Ryan Seacrest” and discussed the amazing public support he received following last week’s widely-watched ABC premiere. The show created such a stir, that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), who had previously made the decision to lock Jamie out of their school lunch program, has since reconsidered their participation in the series.
Jamie announced that he will be returning to Los Angeles next week to meet with the LAUSD’s newly appointed Superintendent John Deasy, who has already been praised for his ambitious and progressive plans, with the hope of being able to work with LA’s schools. Upon his return, Jamie plans to resume filming the last two episodes of the series.
“Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution” airs tonight, Tuesday, April 19 at 8 p.m. on ABC. The series is produced by Fresh One Productions and Ryan Seacrest Productions. Executive producers of “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” are Jamie Oliver and Ryan Seacrest.
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