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Maybe L.A. Was A Big Mistake
Jamie is raising the stakes for his Food Revolution by bringing it to one of America's biggest cities, Los Angeles, but almost immediately has to rethink his approach when the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the nation's second largest school district, slams the door in his face. Jamie's first order of business??? to win the support of the parents and teachers in hopes of appealing the LAUSD decision to lock him out of the school lunch program. He opens a kitchen in Westwood, where he hopes to provide educational tools to combat the obesity epidemic, and attends a school lunch convention, where he discovers a seminar advocating flavored milk in schools. Jamie stages a dramatic demonstration, but it falls short with the community, then attempts to create a healthy fast food menu in a local drive thru restaurant. Can the Revolution be saved?
I Think I Found a Loop Hole
Now that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the nation's second largest school district, has prevented Jamie Oliver from bringing his cameras into the schools, Jamie tries to garner parental support by dressing as a tomato and distributing free healthy lunches outside the schools. His grass-roots efforts help him connect with West Adams Preparatory School, a high school that works in partnership with the LAUSD but is run by the MLA Partnership and serves South Los Angeles. They allow him to teach the students about healthy cooking with a caveat -- he cannot go inside the cafeteria or the school kitchen. While he's there, Sophia, a 17-year-old student, tearfully tells Jamie about her family's troubles with diabetes and her fears of being diagnosed herself. Jamie knows that Sophia's concerns are "just the tip of the iceberg," but the next time he comes to the school, armed with only a basket of vegetables, he's chagrined to see a police cruiser at the entry. What has happened since his last visit, and how much more has his access been limited?
Is It Me Or Have We Just Been Pushed Into A Corner?
MLA CEO Mike McGalliard delivers a shattering blow to Jamie and his 10 teenaged culinary students at West Adams Preparatory High School: They've been banned from serving food on campus. Heartbroken and defeated, Jamie makes an emotional plea to the kids' parents and gives the students a graphic reality check about what is really in the foods they're eating every day. Meanwhile, in an attempt to soften the hard-line stance of Patra's owner, Dino, against adding a few healthier options to his menu and renovating his kitchen, Jamie introduces him to Sophia, a 17-year-old West Adams student whose entire family has been plagued by Type II Diabetes. While Dino is sympathetic, it takes a desperate plea from a complete stranger to help him see beyond his bottom line.
We're Going To Go Guerilla
Using a simple math equation, Jamie teaches the West Adams High students a practical lesson about the short term consequences of their unhealthy food choices. The message becomes far more emotional when Jamie invites a few guests suffering from the painful, long term effects of diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure to share with students some unforgettable stories of their struggles. Meanwhile, Jamie helps a busy, devoted single father and his two young boys to open their eyes to their destructive daily cycle of eating fast food, and to rediscover the physical and emotional value of preparing and eating a home cooked meal together. Things really get ugly when Jamie learns first hand who was responsible for the decision to revoke his film permits and ban him from preparing food in any school across Los Angeles. He refuses to accept defeat and devises a plan to move his kitchen across the street from West Adams High, but will this be enough to make a real impact?
Feed Them Healthy Food With 77 Cents
Though Jamie has been told he must soon stop filming and teaching in the Los Angeles Unified School District, he successfully lobbies and gets a chance to work with another district. But when he arrives, he finds yet another obstacle which demoralizes him. Later, he's given an award by Jamie Lee Curtis and the UCLA School of Public Health, and he is emotional as he accepts, expressing how he still has so much more he wants to accomplish. But he gets an infusion of optimism when he revisits the Barrett family and sees that his junk food intervention has caused a revolution of healthy eating in their home, and he makes a last visit to West Adams High School while his permit is still valid and delivers an inspiring and delicious message to his students. Then Jamie tours an amazing organic school garden in Santa Barbara that will, he hopes, set a standard for schools across the nation.
A New Start, A New Chance
New leadership at the Los Angeles Unified School District sparks hope for the Revolution. Jamie is invited to meet with John Deasy, the incoming superintendent, and is heartened by developments. Meanwhile, Jamie also puts together a cooking competition with high school students who will be mentored by notable chefs, including himself, as well as Joseph Gillard, Eric Greenspan, Ben Ford, Evan Funke, Seth Greenburg, Amy Pressman and Suzanne Tracht, while the results are judged by Jonathan Waxman and Michael Symon. The winners' school will receive an amazing prize package presented by Jamie Lee Curtis. And Jamie revisits West Adams School to see how the seeds of change have literally sprouted into the school garden.
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