Tasmanian salmon producer chosen by Jamie Oliver for Aussie Ministry of Food

Tasmanian salmon producer, Huon Aquaculture has been chosen by renowned celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver for his Australian Ministry of Food project – making them the very first Aussie food partner to be chosen.

The program is designed to teach basic cooking through courses in Queensland and Victoria in an effort to encourage healthy eating habits and provide a practical solution to obesity and other diet related diseases.

Co-owner of Huon Aquaculture, Frances Bender told The Mercury that although the selection process was exhaustive, she was thrilled to have made it through.

"To be chosen as the very first Australian food partner is something the Huon team is extremely proud of, because we all understand Jamie's commitment to sustainable and welfare-focused producers," she said.

"The brand is synonymous with fresh, sustainable, high-quality produce and this is yet another way we can put Tasmania on to the plates and into the lunchboxes of Australians."

Although there are no plans as such to launch a Ministry of Food program in Tasmania, Bender says that she would love to see one open in the state.

"The great work that Jamie's Ministry of Food Australia does should not be underestimated," she said.

"I'd like to see all Tasmanians have the opportunity to learn Jamie's hints and tips and short-cuts to help us all make healthy, simple and quick choices for our meals.

"That's why I'd like to see a Jamie's Ministry of Food right here in Tasmania."  

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