Jamie Oliver at TED: Bad food is killing America

Plus: WalMart vs. Whole Foods, "Top Chef Masters," and this week's other must-see food videos

Published February 12, 2010 4:13PM (EST)

  • Jamie Oliver was one of the recipients of this year's TED prizes, which awards $100,000 to "exceptional individuals" with a particular wish or project. Oliver's award will help him launch his campaign against American obesity (a subject documented in his new reality show, "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution"). In his TED talk, which just hit the Web, he vividly outlines the dangers that obesity poses for America, explains the need for broader food education in schools, and throws a bunch of sugar on the stage. It's a lengthy video, but for anybody interested in the debate about American children's health, it's a must-see.

  • Bravo released the teaser trailer this week for its second season of "Top Chef Masters" (which includes Kitchen Cabinet member Wylie Dufresne as a competitor). The gist? Expect swearing and "Star Wars" metaphors.

  • The Global Post's Solana Pyne and Erik German visit a pilot organic farm project in Morocco to see how a first-world luxury food trend has the potential to change the economy and eating habits of the North African nation. Both consumers and farmers agree: It's a winning strategy.

  • WalMart has recently begun making a name for itself as a purveyor of organic food with the potential to remake American eating habits. The Atlantic's Corby Kummer visited a WalMart Supercenter to take a closer look at some of its organic produce offerings, and found little difference between the megastore's selection and Whole Foods'.

  • On a lighter note, Eric Ripert drank himself through his appearance on Jimmy Fallon this week (to promote his new cookbook and PBS show). In his appearance, he tried to show Fallon how to make salmon -- while navigating the host's awkward jokes and slapstick attempts (clearly the challenge of making a cooking segment funny is something that very few late night hosts can pull off successfully, and Fallon is not one of them).

By Thomas Rogers

Thomas Rogers is Salon's former Arts Editor. He has written for the Globe & Mail, the Village Voice and other publications. He can be reached at @thomasmaxrogers.

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