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Jamie's School Dinners [DVD]


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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Fremantle
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Jun 2005
  • Run Time: 230 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00099BISK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,043 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Complete edition of the celebrity chef's groundbreaking television series about the nutritional state of school dinners in Britain today. Taking charge of the provision of 20,000 school meals a day in one London borough, Jamie Oliver discovers exactly what children are eating, and explores different ways to improve their general diet, facing an uphill struggle to remove chips, pizzas and processed meat from the menu as he tries to introduce them to fresh produce, and the pleasures of cooking. There is also the option of watching the series in a special 'expletives deleted' mode.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. Bernard on 28 July 2005
Living in Belgium, I did not have a chance to watch the show in TV. I therefore was very impatient to get the DVD as I had heard of the show on 2 cooking forums I attend.
What can I say except that the reality of school dinners is even more scary and sick than I thought...and that Jamie only realized what he was facing once in was in it up to the neck.
You can't help but wonder what happened to society in order to feed ourselves and our children with such poisons. The reality is very frightening and the DVD helps us realize the size of the problem: a very cheap school budget per student on one side (37 p), children and parents with zero food education on the other side. Put those together and you get the perfect mix for sick, overweight children having problems to focus in class and eventually developping other types of problems.
I admire Jamie for taking this challenge as his own mission. As a chef, it must hurt him deeply to see such lack of interest for good healthy and balanced food. Will he manage to change habbits and bring some spark into those children? I won't tell you...you'll have to watch the DVD for that ;o)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. D. R. MARKS on 20 Jun 2005
I was so pleased that this series came out on DVD so that I could have a permanent copy of it. It was one of the most riveting pieces of TV I've seen in years!
I was horrified to see how little the children knew about vegetables (and how much they knew about McDonalds et al!). Jamie has so much to do to save our next generation from themselves and from the high street junk vendors. Oddly enough I'd previously never had much time for Jamie Oliver: I'd always considered him to be something of a semi-literate and partially vocal clown, but after this, my attitude has clearly changed - he is the man to save a great many of the children (if only the politicians can be made to listen).
Oh and oddly enough the 'swear free' track (which it does have, if you really want it) is more annoying than the one with the 'f' words on it: it's like listening to a 'dance mix' of something!
Nonetheless, a copy of this DVD belongs in every home in the land.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Dec 2005
Since my son started school in 2001 I began to have concerns about the quality of school dinners. Like many mothers, I am sure, I asked pertinent questions about quality and ingredients and they were always met with the same answer - `we do our best with the funds available and our meals are considered healthy and balanced' Although you wouldnt catch one of the teachers eating the high fat, processed muck that was served up each day!!
Jamie I take my hat off to you! Once in a while the `small man' can take on the establishment. If the Queen has any sense, a knighthood should be coming your way before long.
I rented this dvd, but now its on my xmas list to buy! My son watched it (expletives deleted version!!) and now understands that his mum is not some raving harridan, but is actually concerned about his welfare and good health.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Richards on 31 Oct 2005
Oliver has done a tremendous service to the kids and schools of the UK, and I imagine that the impact he has made on your schools and government will reverberate around the world. I'm a Community Nutritionist in British Columbia and have been working on school food issues for a few years now. I was beyond impressed at what Jamie accomplished. Given the time crunch he had, and the number of people peering over him, he used all the right techniques to get the kids to try new foods. His results were outstanding. I highly recommend this DVD to politicians, school administrators, parents, dietitians, and doctors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By trekrider on 31 Mar 2007
A cast of characters that Dickens would envy; a host of children hurling invective and abuse like veteran food critics; the intrepid hero and his army of kitchen "girls" out to civilize the world - documentaries don't get better than this. Priceless one-liners; strong personalities that Hollywood actors will never capture; anger, frustration, tears and enough emotion to flood all of London - you get much more than you bargain for in this four-part series. And quite a bargain it is: the price is so low I think someone made an accounting error. One of countless choice moments: Bill Clinton's party having changed at the last minute an exquisite set menu arranged weeks in advance, Jamie couldn't be bothered when word came that Mr. Clinton wished to meet him. Wasn't it originally the Yanks who refused to bow before the British royalty? Jamie is someone who cares about children. By uniting a diverse and unlikely crew of champions, and exerting immense effort over the course of a year, he succeeds in forcing the stuporous government to get up from its feeding trough and save British children from the poison being fed them in public schools. This is part of the solution to the concerns raised by Morgan Spurlock in "Super Size Me." Every parent in every society that has at least one fast food restaurant and one line of candy should see this to know what to do when they too have finally had enough.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. J. Willetts on 13 May 2006
It was worth every penny to buy this on Amazon.co.uk and have it shipped to the US where I live. Not only is it highly entertaining, but for anyone who is trying to do more than complain about school lunches, it is essential viewing. Jamie Oliver shows what it takes to get even the most obstinate kids to eat veggies. A huge accomplishment in itself, but the greater accomplishment I think is in showing what it takes to get adults - from parents to politicians - to get kids to eat more veggies. I watched this, then watched it again with my 8-year old son (expletives and all), who also thought it was great.
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