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Two words for you, people: Pink slime.

Last night, Jamie Oliver launched the second season of his Food Revolution, and for all the nauseating apathy displayed by the Los Angeles United School District, which publicly refused to grant Oliver access to their cafeterias until just recently, the thing that really turned out stomachs was the pink slime.

Described as "the bits no one wants" from carved up cows, the leftovers are rendered in a centrifuge, doused in ammonia to kill the e coli, and practically liquefied for use in various fast foods found on school menus. Oliver's demonstration of how this barely edible byproduct is created was both vile and a vital ingredient in the British chef's campaign to improve what our kids — and we as a country — are being fed. Honestly, it kind of ruined chicken nuggets for us.

But Revolution's opener wasn't just about ground up grossness. There were also showy attempts to rally the support of local parents, several dead-end meetings with city officials (the LAUSD superintendent can't be happy with how he came off), and a peek at Oliver's own home life. While his family business was sweet and all, the real allure of the show is its ability to make us think about our families. How is it OK that there is enough sugar in the district's flavored milk to fill a school bus? Since when does a brownie equal a healthy breakfast for a 9-year-old? Why are schools serving fat-packed, preservative-laden cardiac bombs to children in the midst of a nationwide obesity crisis?

It's questions like these, mixed with Oliver's clear concern for the welfare of America's young, that will have us coming back for seconds... and hopefully answers. Will you be joining the Revolution, too?

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