Chefs Are Transforming Rio’s Wasted Food Into Meals for the Homeless
Dishing up 60,000 meals a day, the massive dining hall feeding the athletes in the Rio de Janeiro summer Olympics is bound to produce some food waste. A single meal in the athlete’s village uses an average of 250 tons of raw ingredients, potentially producing a staggering amount of excess over the 16 days of competition. That realization was why one of the world’s most celebrated chefs decided to step in to make sure that food surplus goes to those who need it most.
Italian chef Massimo Bottura—whose restaurant, Osteria Francescana, was recently declared the best in the world on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list—recruited other celebrated chefs to join him in creating a once-in-a-lifetime dining hall in Rio. However, the restaurant’s guests aren’t celebrity swimmers or high-powered Brazillian politicians, but rather members of the city’s swelling homeless population.
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