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Chris Waugh

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Our idea is to engage the workplace in Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. To teach 350,000 employees how to cook and experience fresh foods.

In collaboration with Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution we're inviting companies
to create fresh food awareness and cooking experiences in the workplace.

Why? Because the workplace is a powerful mechanism for change. Our wish is to create inspiring, engaging food experiences that impact individuals at work, at home and, eventually, across their respective communities.

Companies will benefit. Soaring health care costs and low participation in workplace wellness programs create an opportunity for an alternative approach. Softer side metrics like engagement and connections within an employee base will also be explored.

How might diverse work environments support cooking and fresh food for their respective employees?

How might cooking happen with little infrastructure (lack of kitchens, stoves, instruction, etc.)

How might we create self sustaining programs for people to teach one another, without the need for resident expertise?

Help us build on this idea by contributing your thoughts on how cooking and cooking prep could be supported and brought to life in the workplace.


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    Feb 15 2011: great idea...only that the companies should be aware that those cooking skills need time to practice them....just think - buy them, prepare/cook takes at least one hour...and compare this with the time needed to buy a ready-made meal....and more, the employee might like to work only 7 hours instead of 9, so s/he goes home and cook that healthy meal....would the companies be willing to trade time against sickness pay...well, this is good to find out....just a thought :-)
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      Feb 15 2011: Great thoughts Mia. One experiment we are running is to shop and prep as an employee community. At the end of the day colleagues can stop by to pick up their 'kits' and then finish it off at home. It happening tomorrow at Method in San Francisco. Will be good to see how people treat that one. - Chris

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