April 13, 2011

The "pink slime" demonstration

Jamie Oliver -- chef, restaurateur and star of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution TV show -- has a big job ahead of him in his latest series, set in Los Angeles. His goal is to improve the healthfulness of school food, and it's a project that has ruffled the feathers of many a school official in the process.

Jamie has had cooking shows on TV for many years now, and he's a master of demonstrations. Here's a brief clip from his latest episode, where he describes for a small audience of parents and children the processing of waste meat products (considered unfit for human consumption) into "pink slime," which is then added back into ground beef as filler.

Some of his demonstration is for dramatic effect, like the use of the washing machine. As he doesn't have the actual machinery to process the meat, he "imagines" it for the audience.

Note how he pulls the ammonia from a cabinet with a childproof lock on it. Brilliant.

How could you be using props and demonstrations more effectively in your presentations? What can you bring with you to give the audience an up-close-and-personal perspective on your topic?

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