Jamie Oliver turned down by L.A. school district

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Jamie Oliver, the English chef who took on the ‘lunch ladies’ of Huntington, W.Va., in an attempt to make school food more healthful, has been told thanks but no thanks by the Los Angeles Unified School District. ‘Our feeling was that his time would be better spent or invested in other communities,’ Melissa Infusino, the director of partnerships in the superintendent’s office, said Friday.

Oliver is bringing his ‘Food Revolution’ reality television show to L.A. for its second season, and he and his family plan to move to the area in January, a spokeswoman said. ABC posted a casting notice on its website: ‘We’re searching for families with children who could use Jamie’s help in the kitchen to overcome the obstacles to healthy eating.’

But just what the show will focus on remains undecided. ‘We are not prepared to comment about the show because it’s still in the creative stages,’ said Amber Gereghty, an ABC publicity director. She said there would be an element involving schools. Read on:

English chef Jamie Oliver prepares his own type of chicken nuggets for schoolchildren in Huntington, W.Va., in an episode of his reality show, ‘Food Revolution.’ He was in town to help make the city’s school lunches more healthful -- an endeavor that met with resistance from campus cooks.(Holly Farrell, ABC / Nov. 6)