Feeding more than 11,000 atheletes risks as much food waste as it takes effort. Michelin-starred Italian chef Massimo Bottura realises the intricacies and is working with Brazilian chef David Hertz to use surplus ingredients to cook for the less fortunate.
Both chefs joined hands (and enterprises) to continue their efforts in philanthropy. Their initiative—Refettorio Gastromotiva—is the lovechild of Bottura's Refettorio Ambrosiano, which he started in Milan last year, and Hertz's non-profit venture Gastromotiva, which trains underprivileged men and women to work in the kitchen.
Refettorio Gastromotiva was launched last week and aims to produce meals that will be donated to Rio's poverty-stricken population, hopefully even after the games have run their course. Since both Bottura and Hertz have worked along similar lines before, all eyes expectantly await positive results from the collaboration.