The Lord Mayor’s Dragon Boat Festival 2015

Saturday 9th May 2015 will see teams from around the region compete in the first ever City of Bradford Lord Mayors Appeal Dragon Boat Racing Event to be held on the River Aire at Roberts Park, Baildon, BD17 5RH.

Dragon Boating is a sport that started in China some 2,000 years ago and came to the UK in 1996 as a community sports activity. With the help of specialist dragon boat providers like Race the Dragon, it has now developed into an exciting high adrenaline team-building sport where crews of up to seventeen people (sixteen paddlers and a drummer) work together in unison in order to get their boat down the course and over the finishing line as fast as possible.

This Dragon Boat Racing Event comprises of a series of qualifying heats over the course of the day to establish who the Grand Final qualifiers will be, followed by the Grand Final Race and award ceremony where trophies and winning team medals will be presented. At the presentation ceremony, the Captain’s of the top three Grand Final teams will each be presented with glass trophies and for each member of the winning team, winners’ medals. All trophies and medals will be presented by the Lord Mayor of Bradford and the winning team will then be recognized as the 2015 Dragon Boat Champions of Bradford.

Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food, Bradford are please to be having a stand at the Dragon Boat Festival. We’ll be encouraging people to come and cook with us and to emphasis that the key to a healthy lifestyle starts at home, in the kitchen, cooking and eating tasty and nutritious food. We’ll also be cheering on the team from the ‘Regeneration’ dept of Bradford Council who will be taking part.

More information can be found The Dragon Boat Festival website. We look forward to seeing you on the day.

Jane Oxley cooking at Ministry of Food

Overcoming disability

Upon completion of an eight week cooking course at Bradford Ministry of Food, Jane Oxley has re-awoken her passion for cooking. She has exceeded her own expectations and amazed the staff from the nursing home where she lives. Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Jane’s commitment and patience have proven to be her real strength. She has had the opportunity to prepare and cook a range of dishes from scratch. At the end of the session, Jane has taken her food home to share with residents at the nursing home where she lives.

As the weeks have passed, Jane’s confidence in the kitchen has blossomed, and she has challenged herself to cook again some of the recipes that she was taught in class. The staff at Beckside Lodge have supported Jane’s desire by investing in a portable induction hob which Jane can easily use. Jane has now mastered the perfect omelette and has prepared brunch for her co residents at the nursing home.

“This course has excited me about food” says Jane “And has challenged me to do things I never thought possible”

Do you know of someone in a challenging situation that would benefit from learning to develop their cooking skills? Bradford Ministry of Food are launching a new 8 week cooking course, specifically for people with disabilities, on Friday mornings starting on 24th April. You can find out more or register your interest by calling 01274 435279.

5th Birthday Anniversary

Thank you to everyone that took part in the family fun day held to help celebrate our 5th Birthday on 31st October at Jamie’s Ministry of Food Centre, Bradford.

The Halloween themed fun included cooking demonstrations, and lots of food related health tips.

See what people who use the centre have to say:

We would like to thank our partners who were offering public health advice on John Street as part of the event. They were:

  • The Alzheimer’s Society
  • Street Life, Public Health
  • Dental Services
  • Bradford Libraries
  • BCEP
  • MIND
  • Grow Bradford
  • Bradford People First

We also got a message from Jamie thanking us for all our work over the last year:

Message from Jamie 2013

Hi Guys, Jamie here – what an amazing day last Friday was! I just wanted to share with you what we all achieved together on Food Revolution Day. Some numbers are still being crunched, but we already know it was bigger and better than last year, with over 1,200 events, in more than 70+ countries and 620+ cities around the world! I don’t need to tell you how absolutely incredible that is – it’s a phenomenal response .

The Food Rev team are still busy pulling together the thousands of images and videos and posting these up, but you can take a look at just some of the brilliant things that went on here: The stories and pictures coming through of what people got up to on the day are super inspiring and really prove that we’re doing a great, important thing and, most excitingly, that people do want change. Hopefully you saw how bonkers all the social media channels went. There was such a buzz and we had famous faces such as Oprah, Russell Brand and Matthew McConaughey all tweeting their support. Using Thunderclap we reached 6 million people and just one post from Instagram got almost 300,000 likes. Everyone went mad for it.

However, what really impressed me this year was how you all embraced Food Revolution Day and got involved to make sure it was a huge success. I have said for some time now that the foundation is at the heart of everything we do. I asked you all to get involved, spread the word, get your mates involved and help out, and you did – from the food trucks in the US serving thousands of meals, to our partners in Australia hosting events in over 90 Good Guys stores! From all of those who helped bring the street party outside Fifteen London to life, to all the waiters, chefs and managers spreading the love in restaurants all over the world. From all those in the MOF centres who hosted amazing events, to all of you that went mad on social media. There are too many things to list on this email, but whatever you did to help and support – big or small – thank you from the bottom of my heart. We couldn’t have done it without you.

I truly believe we have something really special here guys, and it’s something we can build on over the next few years to make a real difference. You’re the reason we’ve got to this point, and for that I couldn’t be more grateful. Thank you.

Here’s to #FRD2014!

Big Love,

Jamie xxx

Jamie’s surprise visit February 2012

Jamie's surprise visitJamie Oliver made a surprise visit to the Ministry of Food and Oastler Shopping Centre in Bradford this week.

The chef and campaigner visited the centre run by Bradford Council in John Street yesterday (February 6) to check on the progress of the project that he pioneered in 2008 and to congratulate the staff for their hard work over the past two years.

Jamie was able to catch up with project manager Soraya Overend and Food Officers Lisa McLoughlin and Andie Laidlaw and to watch as a local community group cooked one of his healthy and nutritious dishes.

The course participants from “Supported Living”, a project for adults with learning difficulties, were surprised to see Jamie and delighted to offer him a taste of some of the dishes they produced.

Jamie Oliver said: “I was really pleased to see the commitment of the staff who are making a real difference and teaching how to cook fresh and nutritious foods.

“I also wanted to personally thank all the traders in the Oastler Shopping Centre that support the Ministry of Food.”