Locals review "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution"
"Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" focuses on Oliver's efforts in Huntington in 2009 to promote healthier eating habits by encouraging food preparation from fresh ingredients. Those efforts were focused on local schools, families and a kitchen to teach people how to cook. Each week, we will have local residents weigh in on the episodes.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Mary Cook works at Village of Barboursville Elementary as cafeteria manager. She is a resident of Barboursville and has been employed by the Cabell County Board of Education for 19 years. Before Village of Barboursville Elementary, she worked at Cabell Midland High School as a cook and Huntington High as a cafeteria manager. She graduated from Marshall University and has worked in some form of the food industry since she was 14. She had her own catering business for 10 years. She was president of the Parent-Teacher Association at Barboursville Elementary School for four years and Cabell County PTA president for two years. She has two children, three stepchildren and eight grandchildren.

Reaction to third episode:
I wasn't too fond of the start of episode three. I have worked at Huntington High and I can't believe that the students were that laid back about losing their french fries. I guess that is something we will not see. I really enjoyed the group that came together from Huntington High!

I think that they did a wonderful job. They each had a different reason for being there; I think that most people could relate to at least one of them. I think that Jamie did a great job motivating and finding strenghts that they were not aware that they possessed. They reminded me of the saying... Teamwork - a group of common people coming together to do uncommon things.

I think that they showed Mrs. McCoy in a little more positive light. We must remember that her job is to follow and enforce the WV State Nutrition Policies. I felt in episode one when they edited the meeting she had with Jamie from 2 hours to two minutes it put a negative attitude towards the Cabell Co. BOE.

I'll be honest, when Jamie was worried that he may not be able to pull the dinner/fundraiser off he was getting a little taste of what the cooks in our county are going through daily!! I knew the students wouldn't let him down, I think the people in WV can go the extra mile.

I think he is making progress, I wish that he could have put something together for the students (elementary-high school) explaining what he was trying to do and why. I think students are more accepting of change if they are given a reason why; they may not agree but are a little more open to it.