The Naked Chef is on a mission. Jamie Oliver wants to start a revolution, the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution. But not everyone wants to sign up. Oliver’s quest seems quite noble. He wants to educate the American public about eating healthier, smarter and in ways that will change their lives for the better. But when he asked to film in the public schools of Los Angeles, bringing his message the youth, he was denied. Why?
One would think that a school system would jump at the chance of getting a high profile food educator like Oliver in their doors, inspiring their students to eat and live better. But LAUSD believed his intentions were not the best and that there were others ways to help instead of exploiting the school for reality TV sake. Robert Alaniz, the director of communications for LAUSD told FOX News, “‘it didn’t make sense to us that (Oliver) would be coming to Los Angeles – Los Angeles is ranked 46 on Men’s Health ‘Fattest City in America’ list, so we weren’t sure why he wanted to film in L.A.,’ Mr Alaniz told Fox News. “We asked Jamie’s people and they said to us Jamie just wanted to live in L.A., which didn’t make it seem like he was committed to the cause.” He added that, “we told him if he was really for the cause and would like to serve on our committee as a volunteer and help out without the reality cameras.” Their first concern is the students saying that the cameras, “are distracting and we’re not interested in that distraction. We gave him another challenge to meet the food requirements and within our budget, then his folks said they couldn’t do it.”