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With or without LAUSD, 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' returns for a second season

March 9, 2011 | 12:06 pm

Oliver Los Angeles Unified School District might have suspended Jamie Oliver from its schools, but that didn't stop his effort to eliminate greasy pizza and fried treats from the mouths of Los Angeles' youth.

"Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" returns with a second season in April after some roadblocks. Actually, just one big one: LAUSD.

The nation's second-largest school district barred all filming of reality shows in district schools while the celebrity chef was filming at West Adams Preparatory High School in central Los Angeles in early February.

Soon after the suspension, Oliver expressed his frustration with district officials in a speech at the UCLA School of Public Health:

"My filming permit was terminated because I can't promise that the LAUSD [will] look good," he said, according to a transcript of his speech. "They fail to see me as a positive, and they fail to see the TV as an incredible way to spread the word, to inspire people, to inform parents, to see other teachers doing pioneering things."

But a revolution doesn't come easy, right? To salvage his quest for healthy eating, during the second season, he opens a kitchen in Westwood, stages a demonstration and even attempts to create a healthy fast-food menu in a local drive-through restaurant.

Was it enough?

The second season of "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" will premiere April 12 on ABC.

-- Yvonne Villarreal
twitter.com/villarrealy

Photo: A scene from "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution." Credit: ABC

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