Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver helps kick off 'One Young World' summit

Helping to kick off the One Young World Summit this morning, celebrity chef and food activist Jamie Oliver offered the power of his global Food Revolution efforts to help Pittsburghers specifically eat and live healthier over the next year.

"At the heart of everything I do, it's all about food education," he said at a news conference at 10 a.m. in the edible rooftop garden at Phipps Conservatory in Oakland. Wearing a black leather jacket over a blue-and-red flannel shirt and black jeans, the 37-year-old Brit was politely swarmed by local media and food people, since he's one of the big-name counselors who will be working with 1,300 young people from 180 countries here for the summit today through Oct. 22.

This is Mr. Oliver's first visit to Pittsburgh, but his second One Young World Summit. He attended last year's, in Zurich, and said, "I come back because this is truly inspiring" to work with future leaders.

At one Friday session of the summit, he'll be working with other experts, delegates and local ambassadors to sketch out a plan about how his Jamie Oliver Food Foundation can help boost various efforts already underway to make the Pittsburgh region healthier.

"This is not a city that's broken," Mr. Oliver said in remarks in which he praised Pittsburgh's evolution and many of the good things happening here. "The Food Revolution for me is kind of a version of what happens here," he said, referring to the rooftop garden as an example.

Local leaders in healthcare, food and education had a few minutes to talk about some of those efforts. Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl spoke of continuing to grow more community gardens and farmers markets in city neighborhoods.

Phipps, already home to Let's Move Pittsburgh, announced a new initiative called 10,000 Tables, which will encourage families in the region "to sit down together at least once a week for an entire year to enjoy a screen time-free, home-cooked meal."

Bob Batz Jr.: bbatz@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1930; Twitter, @bobbatzjr. First Published October 18, 2012 4:45 AM


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