Jamie Oliver’s TED Prize Acceptance Speech

By - February 19, 2010 (Updated: November 25, 2014)

Jamie OliverMy favourite celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, was recently awarded the TED Prize for his work in educating people about the food they eat. This year, he is taking his popular Ministry of Food and School Dinners concept to the United States in Jamie’s Food Revolution. In his acceptance speech, he talks about this project and why it is so important in America.

“The TED Prize is awarded annually to an exceptional individual who receives $100,000 and, much more important, ‘One Wish to Change the World.’ ”

Jamie’s wish – “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.”

The following video is Jamie’s acceptance speech. It is definitely worth 22 minutes of you day, even if you only listen in the background.

If you’ve not yet heard of TED, “a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading” I urge you to check them out.

If you are interested in finding out more and supporting Jamie’s wish, visit the TED Prize website.

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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  1. Comment by Laura

    Laura February 19, 2010 at 13:39

    Jamie Oliver has grown on me in recent years. Before, all his ‘pukka’ wide boy talk used to annoy me, but thankfully he seems to have stopped that now. I think it’s great that he’s using his status to try and change peoples lives. I’ve got a few of his books and Ministry of Food is one that I keep going back to for simple, yet yummy recipes.

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison February 19, 2010 at 14:32

      I think he has definitely grown up over the years (he did start out his celebrity career very young) and it’s great that he uses his status for good. I know he annoys a lot of people but I think his message is a good one. There are a lot of rich celb chefs that aren’t doing anything. I have most of his books but I also go back to Ministry often because the recipes are quick and I normally have most of the ingredients on hand. His website is pretty useful too.

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