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Jamie Oliver finds support Down Under

AAP logoAAP 20/10/2016 Danielle McGrane

Jamie Oliver says he's had more support from the Australian government for his social and charitable ventures than he's had in the UK.

The Ministry of Food centres, which Oliver set up in every state bar Tasmania, is a cooking program designed to help combat the lack of basic food skills among adults.

Oliver started the centres in 2010 in Australia in partnership with The Good Guys and says he's received support from the government ever since.

"What's been amazing in Aussie as opposed to over here is that we match funds with local government which means that we've got a three-four year plan instead of a one-year plan," Oliver told AAP from the UK.

"We set it up with The Good Guys originally and now Woolies are co-funding as well, so it feels like there's a group of people - myself, business and government - all contributing to making stuff happen. That does not happen in the UK."

The celebrity chef has long championed his food revolution, and attempted to try and improve the health and also social issues facing many adults. In his latest TV show, Jamie's Super Food Family Classics which will air on Network Ten, he's travelled the world to find out what makes people live longer, and then tries to help people incorporate some of these healthier habits into their everyday cooking.

However, he says he hasn't received much support from the British government for his charitable ventures.

In 2002 he set up Fifteen, a social enterprise that aims to train unemployed young people in the restaurant trade.

This is still going and his Fifteen restaurant still supports this enterprise, training 18 people through its apprentice program every year.

"My Fifteen charity restaurant is 15 years old this November and we've never had a dime from the government, and we train some of the most hard to reach young people and get them employable and get them to work in the restaurant industry," he said.

There is one initiative which the UK has got behind which Australia has yet to roll out.

Oliver has managed to make sure every primary school-age child in the UK is taught basic cookery skills, something which hasn't been established in all Australian schools.

"For the last two years now it's actually law for British kids to be taught how to cook in primary schools. It's not a nicety, it's a law," he said.

"Having a law takes it seriously and sadly every child in Australia doesn't have the same opportunity and that feels not quite right."

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