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ABC announced yesterday (Sept. 2) that Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution
will return for a second season, this time taking place in Los Angeles. ABC tells Slashfood that the six-episode season is projected to air sometime in Spring 2011, but that's still to be confirmed.
The series recently won the Emmy
for "Outstanding Reality Program" -- Oliver challenged young residents of Huntington, West Virginia, to alter their lifestyles in hopes of curbing obesity, heart disease and diabetes. The first season debuted on March 21, 2010, and the series averaged around 4 million viewers per week.
Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution
is loosely adapted from his British series Jamie's Ministry of Food
and Jamie's School Dinners
, which challenged the British school systems to change how they fed students. A second season renewal in the U.S. is clearly a coup for Oliver: As U.S. audiences become more familiar with "The Naked Chef," he stands to surge ahead in popularity over the prickly British "hell" chef Gordon Ramsey. Instead of yelling at people, Oliver chooses an inspiring and tactful approach, hoping to help others grow. Revolutionary, indeed.
For those who can't get enough of Oliver, he's releasing his latest cookbook Jamie's America: Easy Twists on Great American Classics and More!
(Hyperion) this October.