Thursday, April 26, 2018

What is food for Soul?
World renowned chef Massimo Bottura has launched the Food for Soul organization which is aimed at fighting food waste through creative management of daily food waste.

Through Food for Soul, he will be supporting the opening of soup kitchens based on the Refettorio Ambrosiano model and also empowering communities around the world.

Massimo Bottura is an Italian restaurateur and the chef patron of Osteria Francescana, a three-Michelin-star restaurant based in Modena, Italy

Osteria Francescana has been listed in the top 5 at The World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards since 2010 and received top ratings from ESPRESSO, Gambero Rosso and the Touring Club guides. In June 2016 Osteria Francescana was ranked No. 1 in The World's 50 Best Restaurants, and No. 2 in 2017.

The idea
In a world where one third of the food we produce is thrown away, we need to ask ourselves: Could food wastage and hunger be an expression of the same problem? We believe so.

Food for Soul is not a charity project but a cultural one. Sharing a meal is not just a source of nourishment, but a gesture of inclusion. They take an alternative approach to building community projects based on three fundamental principles:

“Make visible the invisible”

The meals are created from surplus ingredients that would otherwise be thrown away. By inviting well-known chefs to use their skills to transform these discarded ingredients into delicious nourishing meals, the once-undesired produce is suddenly given a new value and reintroduced into the food chain.

“Ethics and aesthetics go hand in hand”
The projects are infused with art, design and beauty to engage   guests in a holistic approach to nourishment: feed the body and the soul. By bringing together the know-how of professionals from the world, the community kitchens can function sustainably for the long-term to provide an engaging and convivial environment.

“Cooking is a call to act”
They want meals at  Refettorios to be an inclusive experience. ​For this reason, the dining tables are designed specifically to make guests feel welcome and at ease. Quality plates and glassware replace plastic to reinforce our principle aim of reducing waste.

Achievements so far..

How it started
    Food for Soul was born out of an initial project undertaken by chef Massimo Bottura during the Expo 2015 in Milan.

His personal response to the exhibition’s theme of ‘Feed the Planet’ was to create Refettorio Ambrosiano

recruiting well-known artists and designers to help transform an abandoned theatre in the suburbs of Milan into an inspiring community kitchen.
Refettorio Ambrosiano Milan planning

More than 65 international chefs turned surplus ingredients collected from the exhibition’s pavilions into nutritious meals served to the homeless and people in need from the area

Margot Henderson

Carlo Gozzi

Leandro Carreira

Alain Ducasse

Jessica Murphy and Anna Hansen

Jean-Philippe Blondet

Michel Roux Jr.

Clair Smyth

James Lowe, Daniel Boulud, Bruno Loubet, Robbin Holmgren

The projects
Following this initial success, Food for Soul was established as a non-profit organisation as a way of replicating the model of Refettorio Ambrosiano and launch other projects.

In April 2016, Massimo Bottura officially founded Food for Soul, and in the same year we went on to create the Social Tables project in Bologna.

In August 2016, for the Olympics, Food for Soul opened its first international project: Refettorio Gastromotiva in Rio de Janeiro, converting surplus food from the Olympic Games in tasty and healthy meals.

Back from Rio, Food for Soul established the Social Tables project in the same town of their headquarter: Modena, Italy.
   Food for Soul’s latest international launch was be Refettorio Felix in London in June 2017, while many more international projects are on the horizon in cities including Berlin and Los Angeles.


Areas of Change

A deeply moving documentary about life, food and waste. "Theater of Life" tells the riveting story of the Refettorio Ambrosiano, its chefs and the refugees and homeless it fed.
A visual feast, this film will feed your spirit and your appetite.


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