Belmont hosts first Jamie’s Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen cooking classes


Sally Johnson and fellow student Narelle Walton in the Jamie’s Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen Picture: Jon Hewson
Sally Johnson and fellow student Narelle Walton in the Jamie’s Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen Picture: Jon Hewson

THE first cooking class held at Jamie’s Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen in Belmont showed students how to boil an egg.

Student Sally Johnson said she was taken aback at the topic initially.

“I thought ‘eggs? Really? Who doesn’t know how to boil an egg?’” she said.

Students have been learning about portion size and nutrition, as well as basic techniques like chopping an onion.

“The best part has been learning new things,” Mrs Johnson said.

Each class runs for 90 minutes over the seven weeks.

“I think ‘mum cooks’ or home cooks, we develop our own habits because we’ve learnt along the way – we’ve never really been taught, so we can get stuck in a rut and not want to change.”

The classes have had students make all their meals from scratch.

“I’ve been to other cooking classes where you just make one meal in a banquet or sit and watch the teacher,” Mrs Johnson said.

“We get to take what we’ve made home and my husband and I have loved them.”

She is also eating fruit willingly for the first time in about 20 years.

“I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but after we made the pear, lime and ginger crumble I think I ate like five pears and half a watermelon that week.”

Mrs Johnson has been a fan of Jamie Oliver since he first appeared on TV in The Naked Chef in 1999.

“I remember when he came out to His Majesty’s Theatre about 15 years ago and he cooked on stage.”

“I was there!” she said.

The Mobile Kitchen has used the recipes, advice and methods devised by the celebrity chef.

“It very much follows his ethos, it does feel like he’s there guiding you along the way – sometimes (we) joke that he’ll just come through the door one day – and there his books are everywhere with his face on them,” Mrs Johnson said.

She said she now moderated her portion sizes and had introduced more fresh ingredients and vegetables into her cooking.

Jamie’s Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen will finish up in Belmont and head to Albany in the New Year.