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Can Jamie Oliver Get Me to Like Chipotle?


Midtown Lunch has never really taken a stand on anything more important than protecting the right to stuff my face with loads of delicious food at lunchtime for under $10. I’ll occasionally advocate for the protection of old school street vendors… but in a lot of ways, that’s just as selfish as the first thing.   That being said, I freakin’ love Jamie Oliver.  Watching his shows and using his cookbooks over the past ten years has taught me a lot about how to cook for my family (eating dinner at home most nights of the week is what keeps me pleasantly plump, as opposed to morbidly obese).  So when I heard he was coming to L.A. to film the second season of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, and the public would be invited to meet him in Westwood I (sheepishly) headed down to check it out.

I was really just going to be in the same room as a personal hero, but a lot of what he said to the crowd got me a little fired up.  I have a 2 year old, and we actually moved to Culver City just so we wouldn’t have to put him in LAUSD (we heard a lot of bad things.)  And regardless of whether you hate reality TV, or Jamie Oliver, or activists who tell you what you should and shouldn’t do (they can be kind of annoying) I don’t see how anybody could be in favor of serving kids garbage “food” in school.  But here’s the real reason I’m writing about this (lord knows this has nothing to do with finding delicious lunch near where you work.)  Jamie told the crowd that the owner of Chipotle had given him one million dollars because he believed in the work Jamie was doing.

Urgh.  Could this actually make me like Chipotle?

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