The Fight Against Food Waste Goes for Gold


Famed Italian chef Massimo Bottura takes his crusade to the Rio Olympic Games.

This article, written by Nicoletta Moncalero, appears on The Huffington Post.

Famous Italian Chef Takes Campaign Against Food Waste To Rio Olympics

Massimo Bottura is on a quest to address waste and hunger in cities across the world.

Massimo Bottura, the award-winning chef behind the famed Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, believes that cooking is about more than just putting quality ingredients together ― “cooking is a call to act,” he says.

During Milan’s Universal Exposition, or Expo 2015, Bottura created an off-site project to reduce food waste. In collaboration with the Vatican and about 60 world-renowned chefs, he established the Refettorio Amborsiano (Ambrosian Refectory), a dining hall designed to serve food left over from the Expo to the city’s needy.

Working inside the Teatro Greco, a theater that had been abandoned since the 1930s, Bottura transformed 15 tons of discarded food into delectable dishes and distributed them to Milan’s homeless.

“Avoiding wasting food is nothing new: It was something our grandmothers did — it was the foundation of Italian cuisine!” – Massimo Bottura

Bottura did not end the project after the Expo ― in fact, he has since expanded his efforts. After working in Milan and Bologna, the chef has decided to take his initiative to Rio de Janeiro for the upcoming Olympic GamesRead more at The Huffington Post…

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