British celebrity chef and bestselling author Jamie Oliver will host a new ABC series, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, with a sneak preview airing 10:01 p.m. Sunday (ET).
“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,” says Oliver, author of numerous cookbooks, including Jamie’s Dinners: The Essential Family Cookbook and Jamie’s Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals.
“I want to prove that turning around the epidemic of obesity and bad health doesn’t have to be boring or dull in the slightest,” he adds.
The six-episode show is loosely based on Oliver’s U.K. series Jamie’s Ministry of Food and Jamie’s School Dinners. The first episode will repeat 8 p.m. Friday, March 26, followed by the second episode in its regular time period (9 p.m. Fridays).
In the first episode, Oliver heads to Huntington, WV—which has been called the unhealthiest city in America—to launch a new cooking initiative that aims to take the city off that list. Nearly half of Huntington’s adults are considered obese, and the incidence of heart disease and diabetes leads the nation.
In the second episode, Oliver attempts to transform Huntington’s school lunch program.
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