An environmentally sound product
Jamie Oliver’s very first Ministry of Food, located in Ipswich, Queensland, is all about getting people cooking again by teaching them the basics: how to cook, how to shop, and how to enjoy food in a way that benefits not only individuals, but also their families.
Despite the abundance of reality cooking shows on television, and the apparent availability of food education, obesity in Australia is epidemic. The entire premise of the Ministry of Food project is to combat this growing problem.
Providing a functional environment for food education and preparation was key, as was ensuring the kitchen design and construction mirrored the Ministry of Food’s values.
In designing the kitchen there has been a clear focus on the responsible use of recycled, re-used, and rescued elements that have gone together to create the perfect cooking and educational environment.
As a clear reflection of the continuing work and passion Kennedy’s dedicates to recycled timber, having been recently awarded the 2010 ENERGEX Innovation in Sustainability Award, Kennedy’s was proud to supply the timber benchtops used in the first Ministry of Food kitchen here in Australia.
To look at the beautiful Spotted Gum and Ironbark benchtops, the first thing that comes to mind certainly isn’t recycled power poles. It is a fact though; this is precisely their origin.
Retired power poles from around Ipswich were used to fabricate the benchtops, no mean feat given the expertise and skill required to bring the timber up to Australian standards for food preparation surfaces.
Kennedy’s have invested substantially in the know-how and processes required to provide such incredibly high quality recycled timber products.
The Ministry of Food project is a typical demonstration of the work Kennedy’s does in transforming previously employed timber and repurposing it into a public use, heavy wear, and environmentally sound end product.