Caesarstone quartz surfaces from the Classico collection have been used in the construction of Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food kitchen, recently opened in Ipswich, Queensland.

Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food kitchens promote healthy eating through teaching people the basic skills of cooking, grocery shopping and how to enjoy nutritious home cooked meals. For those who are already master chefs in their own respect, the Ministry of Food kitchens are an ideal avenue for volunteers to share their passion for food and cooking with others.

The Ipswich kitchen will offer a 10 week cooking course comprised of one 90 minute class each week with 12 participants, with all ingredients and recipes included, and promises to be a completely hands-on experience and a feast for the senses.

Jamie Oliver's first Ministry of Food kitchen in Australia was constructed by Greener Kitchens Australia, who strive to create attractive and functional kitchens from materials carefully chosen for their health benefits and reduced environmental impact.

In keeping with their environmentally sustainable theme, the Caesarstone quartz surfaces used in the Ministry of Food kitchen was comprised of reclaimed stone donated free of charge by Brisbane Marble & Granite.

"A piece of Caesarstone was specified for the Ministry Community Kitchen because I knew it would stand up to the rigors of being used by hundreds of enthusiastic novice cooks, especially around the sink area. [It was] also a fit with the kitchen's aim of being a healthy space because of its Greenguard certified, very low emission levels," says Druce Davey of Greener Kitchens Australia.

“Caesarstone has helped me to create a robust and low emission kitchen for Jamie and his Ministry of Food to inspire people to learn the joys of cooking from scratch, without worrying about scratching the bench," adds Davey.

Jamie Oliver's ultimate dream is to get a Ministry of Food centre up and running in every Australian town that needs it, and he is urging people to get involved and support the cause.

"This is a great opportunity to change the face of Australia's health for the better. Let's do it," says Oliver.