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Intelligencer: September 26 - October 3, 2005

The Naked Chef does school lunches, showgirls with sock puppets, Dave Eggers as required reading, and more.

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It Happens This Week: September 26–October 3
• Happy 51st, Reverend Sharpton!
• Hoffman-as-Capote biopic bows.
• Lech Walesa at the 92nd Street Y.
• Another big Yanks-Sox series.
• “Grete’s Great Gallop” road race in Central Park.


‘Naked Chef’ Cafeteria Duty
No more “donkey bollocks” for kids! Jamie Oliver’s on NYC schools recon mission.
Naked Chef Jamie Oliver is thinking of bringing his school-lunch crusade to New York. Earlier this year, he did a four-part TV show in England called Jamie’s School Dinners, during which he blendered entire chickens to show where nuggets come from and danced around in a corn-on-the-cob costume. Eventually, he got Tony Blair to set aside $536 million to improve school meals. “America’s kids have some of the worst health issues because of eating junk and not exercising,” he says. “I thought maybe we could help here. Help them eat real food instead of packaged lies. You know, turkey which is real turkey and not donkey bollocks.” Brokers at Mark David rented him a five-story West Village townhouse (at over $35,000 a month) as his headquarters for a monthlong recon of the city’s cafeterias (most of which are presumably far from Greenwich Village).
—Beth Landman


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