Arguably Britain's biggest celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, who's made it a crusade of his both in England and in the U.S. to encourage healthier eating for school kids, paid a visit Monday to Berkeley's Edible Schoolyard at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School. Last night he was in S.F. dining at the English pub-inspired The Cavalier, and dropped in at Tosca Café to say hi to friend April Bloomfield as well.
As KQED reports, "Oliver is in the Bay Area for meetings with like-minded food reformers and the staff who run his U.S. campaign Food Revolution," which was launched via his Emmy-winning TV show of the same name. The truck came about after he won a TED prize, and was funded by TED supporters and The California Endowment.
He also launched a mobile cooking classroom called the Big Rig Mobile Kitchen Classroom, which is traveling throughout California offering cooking classes to underserved Californians. Oliver then had a dish of black-eyed peas with braised greens that had been made by the kids in the Berkeley classroom, before heading to Chez Panisse for lunch with Alice.