Marie finds calling in ministry


Marie Fitzpatrick is the manager at Jamie’s Ministry of Food mobile kitchen at ECU Joondalup.
Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d451424
Marie Fitzpatrick is the manager at Jamie’s Ministry of Food mobile kitchen at ECU Joondalup. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d451424

The former ECU Bachelor of Science graduate joins the food education revolution, helping to empower and inspire people to love and enjoy good nosh.

“I actually first applied as a participant of Ministry of Food over in Victoria and later, I was employed for a year in Geelong then at the Brisbane kitchen before I left for the US,” Ms Fitzpatrick said.

“I had stayed in touch with my manager so when I arrived back in Australia and was alerted to things in the pipeline here in WA, I jumped at the chance with both feet.

“There’s no better place for me to do it because I have an affinity with Western Australia, particularly with ECU, so it does feel like I am coming home on two fronts.”

She will teach the new-to-WA program, which is based on British chef Jamie Oliver’s practical solution to the problems of obesity and diet-related disease with a grassroots response to this generation’s lack of basic food skills and knowledge.

Ms Fitzpatrick said she was looking forward to getting started on the Perth’s inaugural Ministry of Food cooking course, which starts on Tuesday.

“It’s just very exciting to bring this to our community and that I can impact and influence along with my team, and obviously because it’s an awesome program,” she said.

“They’re very simple cooking methods but produce very effective, delicious and very eye-catching meals you’ll impress your friends with.”

The seven-week mobile kitchen cooking course comprises one 90-minute cooking class per week, with up to 12 participants in each class.

It will be delivered by Ms Fitzpatrick, food trainers Katherine Cornish, Alex Taucher and Lexi Costello, alongside the support of ECU students, interns and volunteers.

The program is supported by The Good Foundation and has been proven to achieve measurable health and wellbeing outcomes for participants.

Courses cost $140 per person, $105 for students and $70 for concession card holders and are open to anyone aged 12 and over.

Bookings for the first course have sold out. Places for the second course, which will run from May 17 to July 4, will be released on Tuesday, March 29, at noon.

A third course will run from the ECU Bunbury campus from July 20. For more, visit thegoodfoundation.com.au.