Michelin-Star Chef Feeds Poor During Rio Olympics

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By Steven Hernandez

In a move that we at Green Living Magazine laud as an amazing social initiative. Massimo Bottura, head chef at the Three-Michelin-star, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, plans to serve at least 5,000 meals to the poor during the Rio Olympics. These individuals are located on the outskirts and out of sight of the public, but Bottura knows they too are hungry. He plans to do this by recycling the unused and uneaten foods, like fruits and veggies, that are tossed out by the over 11,000 athletes in the Olympic Village at the Rio Olympics.

David Hertz, fellow chef and founder of Brazil-based Gastromotiva, has partnered with Bottura “to fight hunger and provide access to good food.” This most recent initiative has been dubbed RefettoRio Gastromotiva. Rather than letting all of this food go to waste, these two world class chefs have taken initiative in order to help the less fortunate, without having to spend a dime.

The green-thinking of Hertz and Bottura is a step in the right direction. It reminds us that living eco-consciously doesn’t cost anything and being able to help out your fellow man is rewarding enough. This mindset is the key to helping lower global food waste which sees us toss out 30-40% of all the food that we produce as a planet.

If you want to learn more about the initiative check out: refettoriogastromotiva.org/english


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