Jamie’s Ministry of Food

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In 2008 following a campaign to change school dinners and encourage healthier eating habits at an early age, Jamie Oliver launched his Ministry of Food  television series.

Harking back to a simpler time of family meals on a tight budget, the series aimed to get people cooking again without breaking the bank. The name was inspired by The Ministry of Food set up by the government throughout World War II to manage rations and avoid malnourishment during times of shortages.

So it’s fitting that the 3rd centre in the Ministry of Food series is based at Leeds Kirkgate Market, home to the original ministry for Leeds and district.

Offering a range of cookery courses, the Ministry of Food teaches simple dishes using fresh ingredients sourced from the market. The courses cover everything from simple preparation techniques and skills to more complex knowledge about herbs, spices and how to prepare larger meals and complementary dishes.

The courses are reasonably priced and concessions apply for students and those eligible for state benefits. The cost and the location inside Leeds Kirkgate Market (Link to Kirkgate Market page) are designed to make the courses as accessible as possible, and encourage students to change their shopping habits and become more familiar with the traders and fresh produce, improving eating habits.

Courses are available throughout the week during market opening hours from 9am-5pm. Prices are as follows:



Monday - Friday:


  • £6 per week x 10 weeks = £60

  • £5.50 per week for Leeds Card & Leeds Card 60 holders x 10 weeks =£55
  • 
£3.50 per week for Leeds Card Extra & Leeds Card 60 Extra & Student ID & those who have proof of means tested benefits.



Saturday Classes:


  • £8.50 per session

  • £8.00 per session with a Leeds Card

  • £5.00 per session with a Leeds Card Extra & Leeds Card 60 Extra & Student ID & those who have proof of means tested benefits

The Ministry of Food centre at Leeds Kirkgate Market is managed by Leeds based Zest Health for Life. To book a place on one of the courses call into the Ministry of Food Centre, Row G, Leeds Kirkgate Market Hall, between 9am and 4pm Monday to Saturday, or call the centre on 
0113 2425685 or email on mof@zesthealthforlife.org

For more information about the Ministry of Food Campaign visit: http://www.jamieoliver.com/jamies-ministry-of-food/