Montreal Chefs Fighting Global Food Waste

Food Waste

Montreal chefs are stepping up to fight food waste. But they’re not doing it alone. They are part of a waste reduction campaign launched by world-renowned Italian chef Massimo Bottura.

The initiative was launched in October 2015 at the 2015 Milan Universal Exposition, the theme of which was “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” and focused on global issues like ensuring the food supply for future generations. The food waste generated by Expo Milan is being used to run a local soup kitchen.

The initiative has generated so much global interest, that Bottura has begun expanding — and Montreal is first on the list.

"We try to involve all the best chefs in the world, to get together with them, share these ideas, and build the future by fighting waste," Bottura told CBC News Canada. "To build a better future, to build dignity, because it's not just about a soup kitchen."

But the amount of food waste can be overwhelming — even to the most seasoned chefs.

"You arrive in the morning and a truck arrives and that's the trash from Expo Milan, and it's beautiful food," Winter Russell, a chef at Montreal’s Candide restaurant, told CBC News. "We made a dessert of golden prunes and it was magical. The grocery store had brought too many, and they had thrown out those that had even tiny bruises on them — and there were cases of them."  Read more