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LAUSD, Jamie Oliver call truce on 'Jimmy Kimmel'

April 26, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The food fight between a celebrity chef and the Los Angeles Unified School District may be over.

The district said it's making some changes to its menu, and the truce was announced on Tuesday night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

It was a standoff that played itself out on primetime TV. Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver took on the LAUSD over the food it serves its students. It came to a head when Oliver's reality TV show ended up getting banned from district schools.

"To not teach any kids in America as a requirement about food -- where it comes from, how it affects their bodies -- that's disgraceful," said Oliver.

The British chef and host of ABC's "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" said the impasse was the result of a school board unwilling to scrutinize its menu.

The school board said Oliver wanted to distort the truth in pursuit of ratings, but there was a breakthrough by way of a late night talk show. The LAUSD's new superintendent, John Deasy, sat alongside Oliver on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to announce a plan to work together for the sake of the 600,000 students the district feeds every day.

"Everybody gets better in their performance, and we're no different. So the idea is: good is not enough. It must be better," said Deasy.

For starters, Deasy agreed to ban chocolate milk on school menus, which is a beverage that Oliver said has more sugar than soda.

Oliver said he spent the past two days with Deasy trying to understand the challenges that the district faces when it comes to feeding hundreds of thousands of students.

"Our job as parents, the audience or myself, is to be annoying enough to force change," said Oliver. "If you got someone like [Deasy], brave enough to fight change, then we got to support him and follow it through."

You can catch "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. on ABC7.


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