The Los Angeles Unified School District turned down celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s request to feature its lunch program in his ABC show "Food Revolution" to avoid drama, but now the district is finding itself very much involved in one, reports the Los Angeles Times.
In Tuesday night’s debut of the show’s second season, Oliver was portrayed as a "rabble-rouser challenging the superintendent and school board who were stonewalling his mission to bring in healthy food," the story notes. As a result, the school district quickly tried to defend itself on Wednesday, inviting reporters to its food processing facility in East Los Angeles, where food is sorted and wrapped at a cost of 77 cents per meal, the story says.
Oliver said in statement that he was glad that "Food Revolution" had created a conversation and that it would help make the L.A. school district’s food preparation more transparent, the article notes.
The district said it has added more fresh fruits and vegetables and doesn’t sell candy, baked goods or sodas any longer, the piece adds.
The show drew 5.3 million viewers, which represents a 36% drop from its first season debut, the article notes.