Leftover Food From The Olympics Is Being Used To Feed The Hungry

​By world-renowned chefs, no less


Two world-renowned chefs, Massimo Bottura and David Hertz, are trying to end world hunger one meal at a time.


David Hertz is a chef and a social entrepreneur who founded Gastromotiva, which is responsible for all of the good work.


Massimo Bottura is the chef at the three-Michelin-star restaurant Osteria Francescana, which is widely known to be the best restaurant in the world.

They are aiming to whip up 5,000 meals from the leftovers the 11,000 leave at the Olympic Village and give them out to those in need in the city.

This initiative is following suit from the Italian Refetterio Ambrosiano that was launched last year and saw 65 international chefs cooking donated food.

As well as directly feeding the hungry, the initiative will hopefully bring awareness to problems of hunger around the world and how much food never even gets eaten.

Mr Hertz said that to achieve this they will be holding talks, 'about the power of social gastronomy in order to combat poverty, social exclusion and hunger.'

Worldwide stats for the amount of people who go hungry every day is apparently around 800 million.

It has been estimated that up to 40 per cent of all food produced globally is either thrown away by shops or consumers or never even makes it to the shelves because it is spoiled during transportation or harvest.

'RefettoRio Gastromotiva is going to work only with ingredients that are about to be wasted, like ugly fruit and vegetables, or yoghurt that is going to be wasted in two days if you don't buy it,' Mr Hertz said.

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