JAMIE Oliver will be here in spirit next month, if not in actual person, when Gympie hosts a visit from Jamie's Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen.
The Ministry of Food program describes itself as a mobile "food revolution" aimed at freeing people from poor health and nutrition issues by teaching the skills of cooking healthy tasty food.
Mayor Ron Dyne said the mobile kitchen visit was backed by The Good Foundation, Gympie Regional Council and the Queensland Government.
The purpose built kitchen classroom on wheels will offer a five-week basic cooking course comprising one 90-minute class a week.
A spokesman said participants would learn "Jamie's hints and shortcuts to cooking simple, nutritious and tasty meals, using fresh ingredients."
The Ministry will arrive in Gympie on July 6 and will be stationed at Lake Alford, near the Bruce Hwy.
Over the 11-weeks, up to 240 Gympie Region people are expected to complete the course, which also covers meal planning, budgeting and shopping tips, as well as nutritional information.
Cr Dyne said he was delighted Gympie had been chosen to work with The Good Foundation to deliver the program.
The Good Foundation was established in 2010 to focus on programs and projects that promote good health and nutrition.
Jamie's Ministry of Food is its "priority program," a spokesman said.
"Cooking is an important skill which everyone should learn. With the right sort of information and teaching, anyone can learn to cook.
"Cooking empowers people to take control of their lives and health."
Jamie Oliver says his Ministry of Food "is a place where everyone, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or background can learn basic cookery skills in a friendly, supporting and fun environment."
Participants will choose one of Jamie's dishes to cook each week.
Inquiries and course bookings can be arranged by council officer Sue-Ann Higgins on 5481 0743.