Chef Massimo Bottura’s Food for Soul project rolls on with the opening of Refettorio Paris on 15 March, in the crypt of the Church of La Madeleine, in the heart of the city.
Food for Soul was born at the Milan Expo in 2015, as a way to tackle hunger, social isolation and food waste simultaneously: at each Refettorio, the needy can enjoy gourmet meals for free cooked with ingredients that would otherwise be destined for landfill, in a restaurant-style setting.
It’s since become a worldwide movement, with Refettorios springing up in Rio and London, and soon Naples, Italy, plus four cities in the US. Bottura often gets his world famous chef friends to help out with the cooking and recently compiled a book of food waste recipes, while also starring in a documentary about the project.
Only two days to go before the opening of Refettorio Paris! Today we received our first delivery of surplus food, it's always an exciting moment and everyone at the Refettorio is thrilled, including our regular chef Maxime! #refettorioparis #finalcountdown #communitykitchen #paris #foodwaste #nomoreexcuses
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Excitingly, for the first service at Refettorio Paris, where they aim to cook 100 meals a day, Bottura has managed to secure two huge names in French gastronomy to cook a very special four hands dinner, none other than multi-Michelin-starred chefs Alain Ducasse and Yannick Alléno.
Watch Bottura explain more about the project in the video below