According to Health Affairs, the Policy Journal of the Health Sphere, obesity costs the health care system in the United State $147 billion in 2008. According to the U S Census Bureau 2009 close to 32% of Americans are obese.
Jamie Oliver chose Huntington, West Virginia for that reason. He came to Huntington to start his Food Revolution in the United States. Huntington’s Kitchen has come to Huntington, West Virginia in an effort to reduce the rate of obesity in the tri-state region of West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. The goal of the Kitchen is to get the entire region cooking again. We want to re-connect people with food and change the way we eat.
Huntington's Kitchen is a community food center, where people can come and learn to cook. It is a fully equipped kitchen where up to 12 people can learn to cook at one time. There are daily cooking classes and demonstrations on site. The center is a place for local people to go to learn the basics of cooking and get friendly advice on recipes, ingredients, shopping, nutrition, and local and seasonal food. Individuals are also taught how to make good simple meals on a tight budget.
Teaching is done through hands-on cooking, giving people the chance to learn about handling raw ingredients, portion size, and choosing and using the proper equipment. The course includes eight classes using Jamie’s delicious recipes. They will give people a foundation of skills, from boiling an egg, through chopping and baking to making a family meal. Classes are regularly scheduled and can be taken at your convenience. We have several class options, including classes for children, teens and adults. We are also adding to our course offerings all the time. Stay tuned for exciting new updates! You can download curriculum and calendars here:
Huntington's Kitchen Basic Steps to Healthy Cooking
Children's Cultural Curriculum
Download our schedule here: May 2013
The classes at Huntington's Kitchen are available at a cost of $15 per class. Scholarships will be available to individuals who cannot afford the fee.
It is our hope the Huntington's Kitchen will be the heart of the community, helping people to reconnect with food. It will also be a leading initiative for improving dietary health of the tri-state region and the nation.
The following are available at Huntington's Kitchen:
- Meeting space
- Cookbook library
- Budget assistance
- Shopping volunteers
- Cooking Classes
- Party space
We are excited to announce that Huntington’s Kitchen is offering Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters™ courses. Cooking Matters empowers families with the skills, knowledge and confidence to prepare healthy and affordable meals. The national program brings together local culinary and nutrition experts and volunteers to lead hands-on courses that give participants the know-how to select tasty and low-cost ingredients, stretch them across multiple meals, and use healthy cooking techniques and recipes that help them provide the best nourishment possible for their families. Since 1993, Cooking Matters has grown to serve more than 10,000 families each year across the country, helping them learn how to eat better on a budget. Today, more than 85% of Cooking Matters participants graduate, taking with them improved nutrition practices, eating habits, and food budgeting skills.
Email us at:
Phone: (304) 522-0887
Jamie Oliver says, “I believe that every child in America has the right to fresh, nutritious school meals, and that every family deserves real, honest, wholesome food. Too many people are being affected by what they eat. It's time for a national revolution. America needs to stand up for better food!”
You can join the Jamie’s Food Revolution by going to the link below.
Huntington's Food Revolution in the news:
January 27, 2011
A Canadian TV Film Crew is filming a documentary about Huntington's Food Revolution - Click here