Jamie Oliver

Help Get Food Education Into Every American School!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on July 10, 2013

The longer I blog on The Lunch Tray, the more I become convinced that the keys to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic and improving kids’ health rest with kids themselves. That is to say, we absolutely must do what we can to improve our children’s food environment — school food reform, improved competitive food, reining […]


Will Ferrell As School Food Reformer? Why I’m Worried

by Bettina Elias Siegel on August 1, 2012

The Huffington Post reported yesterday that the story of Jamie Oliver’s fraught attempt to improve the school food in Los Angeles USD, documented on his Food Revolution show last summer, is going to be adapted into a feature-length movie.   Ryan Seacrest (producer of the Food Revolution show) will be a co-producer of the film, […]


Thanks to my British colleague Joanne Roach of the Foodies, I’ve learned that the photo ban on Martha Payne’s school food blog, Never Seconds, has just been reversed. Details here. A victory for school food bloggers everywhere!  :-) Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2012 Bettina Elias Siegel


Nine-Year-Old Launches School Food Blog, Sees Reforms

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 24, 2012

A few readers were kind enough to send me links about Martha Payne, a nine-year-old Scottish girl who last month started taking pictures of and blogging about her school’s meals — a budding Mrs. Q, if you will. Called NeverSeconds, Martha’s blog rates each lunch using this scale: Food-o-meter- Out of 10 a rank of […]


Welcome, everyone! By now you’ve celebrated Food Revolution Day (Eve) by visiting the other hosts of today’s “virtual progressive dinner party:” Time at the Table:  Bacon Wrapped Blue Cheese Dates; Red, Round or Green:  Roasted Tomato and Pepper Soup; The Jolly Tomato:  Grilled Tilapia with Mango Salsa; Full Plate/Meals in a Snap:  Simple Lemon Quinoa […]


Really? 20% of Kids Surveyed Think Pasta Comes from an Animal

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 17, 2012

Well, that’s apparently true in Australia, anyway.  But would the results of a food literacy survey here in the U.S. be any different? We’ve talked a lot on The Lunch Tray about the sharp decline in food knowledge and cooking skills in America, a country which ranks last among 20 surveyed nations in terms of time […]


A Virtual Progressive Dinner Party — and You’re Invited!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 4, 2012

Last year, in honor of Food Day, several bloggers and I banded together to host a “virtual progressive dinner party.”  The idea was that readers could go from one blog to the next for each successive course, and the hosts provided recipes, step-by-step cooking photos, giveaways — and even virtual glasses of wine. It was […]


This morning I woke up and said, today is the end of daily pink slime reporting on The Lunch Tray!  And then a few items came to my attention that seemed worth sharing with you, given the commitment of TLT readers to the Change.org petition and the issue generally.  So here’s this morning’s round-up: Lean […]


I am SO pleased to announce that Jamie Oliver and his Food Revolution team have thrown their support behind our Change.org petition: Please go check out their new website, Stop Pink Slime.org– you’ll see a prominent link to the petition, information about Lean Beef Trimmings, plus endorsements from supporting organizations and individuals. THANK YOU, Food […]


“National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day” Is Tomorrow

by Bettina Elias Siegel on October 11, 2011

The School Nutrition Association, the association of school food service workers, has proclaimed this week National School Lunch Week and tomorrow, October 12th, is “National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day.”   On that day, parents are encouraged to to line up with a lunch tray, eat with your child, and talk to the people who […]