Jamie Oliver gives Michael Gove a spoonful

Tuesday November 27, 2012

Saviour of the school kitchen Jamie Oliver has criticised Education Secretary Michael Gove for removing nutritional standards in academies.

The cooking maestro has dedicated years of his work to promoting food standards in schools, and believes that the current government have served some of the poorest school dinners to date.

Speaking to the Radio Times, the star fumed: "Gove does not understand food in schools. Taking away those nutritional standards is an incredible abuse of policy. For the life of me, I do not understand why he's done it. If he doesn't know, he doesn't care... he's obsessed with reducing red tape.

"I've met him and he's very nice, very energetic. Sadly, I happen to disagree with so many of the things that he's done to school food."

Cynical about his ability to engage with the current government, the chef added: "I'm not going to waste my energy talking to this lot. I am going to put my head down, get through this bloomin' recession, and in a few years' time I'll be ready to bang on doors again."

Government ministers, he added, "are like ships that pass in the night - they'll all be gone fairly soon. I'll still be here in 20 years. Mr Gove won't."

A Department for Education spokesperson said that the Government was looking at other ways to collect data on the take-up of meals in schools because the previous method had not been effective.

"We made the decision to stop the old school meals take-up survey as it was not providing the detailed information we needed," the spokesperson said. "We are currently assessing more effective methods for this data collection."

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