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Naked Chef Jamie Oliver Wins 2010 TED Prize

Jamie Oliver won the 2010 TED Prize for his wish to travel around the country and teach kids the fundamentals of cooking fun, tasty, healthy food.

Jamie Oliver in the kitchen

Photo: Scandic Hotels

Oliver's big win means we should soon be on the lookout for traveling caravans of "food theaters" around the U.S.

Jamie Oliver, known to many cooking show addicts as The Naked Chef, is this year’s recipient of the TED Prize.

The TED Prize sets out to grant a candidate’s “One Wish to Change the World” — and Oliver’s work to change how we eat caught the judges’ attention.

I wish for your help to create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity.

One of his campaigns (he juggles several) is The Food Revolution, for which Oliver seeks funding in order to travel around the United States in a “food theater” caravan teaching kids the fundamentals of cooking.

Every child should be taught to cook in school, not just talk about nutrition all day. Good food can be made in 15 minutes. This could be the first generation where the kids teach the parents.

To learn more about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, sign his petition to raise awareness about nutritious cooking, and read about his other campaigns visit his website at www.jamieoliver.com.

Watch Jamie Oliver’s moving acceptance speech at TED.com.

Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer was in the company of foodies for most of her formative years. She spent all of her teens working at her town's natural food co-op in South Dakota, and later when she moved to Minneapolis, worked as a produce maven for the nation's longest running collectively-managed food co-op. In 2006, she had the distinct pleasure (and pain) of participating the vendanges, or grape harvest, in the Beaujolais terroire of France, where she developed her compulsion to snip off grape clusters wherever they may hang. In the spring of 2008, Megan interned on NPR's Science Desk in Washington, D.C., where she aided in the coverage of science, health and food policy stories. She joined Indiana Public Media in June, 2009.

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