01 Sep '11, 4pm
What's cooking? Post-Jamie Oliver, Huntington, WV becomes model for healthy, from-scratch school lunches:
Times have changed since celebrity chef Jamie Oliver broadcast startling and deliberately inflammatory -- this was reality TV, after all -- images of kids here dumping trays of fresh food untouched into the trash. For those of you who missed Oliver's prime-time program, Food Revolution , the British chef arrived in Huntington in 2009 after it was named the most unhealthy metropolitan area in America and went to work ousting greasy burgers and pizza in favor of from-scratch meals made with fresh ingredients. Two years later, on the first week of school, which began in mid-August, students in Cabell County sat down to meals of from-scratch chicken quesadillas and brown rice and, on the day I visited, creamy chicken and noodles served with freshly made coleslaw, steamed broccoli with parmesan, an orange, and hot rolls, the smell of which floated enticingly through the halls.