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.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Tyson Compton, a native of Louisa, Ky., has served as president of the Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau since February 2009. Compton came to Huntington from the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, where he was marketing director for 14 years. Prior to that, he was marketing director for a magazine publishing group in Los Angeles. Compton serves on the boards of Leadership Tri-State, the Southeast Tourism Society, Boyd County Foundation for Children, Youth Leadership and Clear Channel Radio Local Advisory Board. He is also a member of Huntington Rotary and is actively involved with Create Huntington. He is a graduate of Community Leadership Development, a member of ACTC/OU Diversity Committee and a member of the Country Music Highway Action Team.

What was the third episode’s theme?
The theme for the third episode centered on moving into the high school, pulling several high school students in as chefs, and utilizing the student chef’s personal stories to emphasize the importance of Jamie’s work to some leaders in the community. This emphasis is to be the building block of a major fund raising effort for the school program.

What wasn’t addressed?
I did wonder how the students were selected.

How were Huntington/ the school system portrayed?
There was not as much direct emphasis on the school system in this episode. I felt that the students handled themselves magnificently. I was certainly touched by their stories, by their involvement and certainly by their determination.

Any progress made?
Progress did continue this week. Jamie’s move into the high school seemed much less effortless. Pulling the students into the program provided a strong human interest element. And presenting the students to the community leaders made a huge impression.