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LAUSD Officials Explain ‘Food Revolution’ Decision

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British chef Jamie Oliver poses for the media prior to the opening of his new dinner show 'Das Jamie Oliver Dinner Frankfurt' on January 14, 2009 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (credit: Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images)

British chef Jamie Oliver poses for the media prior to the opening of his new dinner show ‘Das Jamie Oliver Dinner Frankfurt’ on January 14, 2009 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (credit: Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — After getting sliced and diced for their school food program, Los Angeles Unified school officials said they had good reasons to keep a reality TV chef off their campuses, including a bad experience with another reality show.

“What we ended up was a bill $106,000 taxpayer money for work that they did, shoddy work that they did,” LAUSD Spokesman Robert Alaniz said of another reality show called “School Pride.”

KNX 1070 Newsradio’s Jon Baird reports that LA school officials say they couldn’t find out how things went when “Food Revolution” taped in West Virginia because the authorities back East were sworn to secrecy. So L.A. said… no taping.

“We’re just not interested in the conflict or the drama,” Alaniz added.

The district insists it did invite Chef Jamie Oliver to come work with them without the cameras, but have not heard back.

Meantime, school officials feel they’ve made plenty of progress on making their menu healthier and they use kids for taste-testing.

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