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 10, 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 the fourth episode:
The show starts out with a bet between Jamie and Rod of the DWAG. The message is still the same, getting people in Huntington to eat healthier. I thought the show was very energetic and fun. I liked the part that was filmed with Marshall students at the Memorial Fountain. I enjoyed watching people have fun cooking.
I think that the people of Huntington came across as people who do care about their health and want to do better. Even though we don't want to think about our weight problem doesn't mean it's not there. I think the segment shot at Reger's Funeral Home was done very tastefully. I know that more and more fire departments, ambulance, and emergency responders are asking for lifting assistance due to the patient being overweight.
I am glad that the cook's from Central City went to Jamie's Kitchen. From a cook's standpoint I agree with what Jamie is saying but some of his recipes are not kid friendly. A tremendous amount of progress was made during this show. Huntington, you looked great!