Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food closed by Rotherham Council

28/06/13 'Picture shows Jamies Ministry of Food in Rotherham which was closed due to health and safety problems after an inspection on Monday earlier this week.''Staff at Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food in Rotherham were left stunned this week after being told the trail-blazing healthy eating centre was to close immediately.''The starting point for the celebrity chef's war on waistlines, the town centre drop-in kitchen - launched after the backlash against mums posting burgers to pupils through the fence at Rawmarsh Comprehensive - has been the base for regular cooking workshops for almost five years.'Mums were pictured selling junk food to children through the fence of the school in 2006. ''rossparry.co.uk / Tom Maddick

28/06/13 'Picture shows Jamies Ministry of Food in Rotherham which was closed due to health and safety problems after an inspection on Monday earlier this week.''Staff at Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food in Rotherham were left stunned this week after being told the trail-blazing healthy eating centre was to close immediately.''The starting point for the celebrity chef's war on waistlines, the town centre drop-in kitchen - launched after the backlash against mums posting burgers to pupils through the fence at Rawmarsh Comprehensive - has been the base for regular cooking workshops for almost five years.'Mums were pictured selling junk food to children through the fence of the school in 2006. ''rossparry.co.uk / Tom Maddick

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Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food in Rotherham has been temporarily closed by the council.

The centre opened in July 2008 two years after a backlash against his healthy school dinners campaign, which saw parents taking lunchtime fast food orders from pupils at Rawmarsh Community School.

The aim of the centre was to teach local people how to cook healthy meals on a low budget with the focus on losing weight.

Since the centre opened its doors it has taught over 10,000 adults how to cook.

A spokeswoman for Rotherham Borough Council said: “As the welfare of the staff and the public is our main priority, the shop has been closed to enable a full survey of the premises to be carried out.”

She added: “This is to ensure that the building continues to be suitable and that it complies with the licensing requirements of the Jamie Oliver Foundation. The seven staff and the trade unions have obviously been consulted.”

A statement on chef’s website said the Jamie Oliver Foundation was working with Rotherham Council so that the centre could re-open at the earliest opportunity.

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