With the Olympics in full swing, athletes along with everyone watching from the stands are consuming a lot of food in Rio (Michael Phelps reportedly eats a pound of pasta after he swims in a match). And in the process, a lot of food is going to waste, too.
This is where world-famous chefs Massimo Bottura, who runs a well-known restaurant in Italy, and Brazilian chef David Hertz come in. They have joined forces to prepare food for the homeless people of Rio using leftover food from the Olympics. They are aiming to produce 5,000 meals a day with food that would otherwise be thrown out.
The pair is basing the project off of a similar initiative, Refettorio Ambrosiano, in which a group of 65 chefs from around the world came together to cook for the homeless.
Hertz told The Independent: “[We’re] going to work only with ingredients that are about to be wasted, like ugly fruit and vegetables, or yogurt that is going to be wasted in two days if you don’t buy it… We want to fight hunger and provide access to good food.”
The project will continue even after the games are finished, and the two chefs will even begin providing vocational training for those with low incomes in Rio.
Watch Bottura in the kitchen in the video below!
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