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A group of international chefs has launched an effort to tackle the widespread hunger problem in Rio de Janeiro by cooking surplus food donated from the Olympic Village and serving it to impoverished residents.


The 31st Olympic Games in the Brazilian city have faced major criticism as the country struggles through a massive economic crisis.

However, the catering company contracted to the Olympic Village – and 11,000 competitors – says it is doing its bit by providing meals for the hungry.

Launched by chefs Massimo Bottura of Italy and Brazil’s David Hertz, RefettoRio Gastromotiva aims to produce some 5,000 meals daily using only those ingredients that would otherwise head for the bin.

The pair are basing the project off a similar initiative, Refetterio Ambrosiano, in which a group of 65 chefs from around the world came together to cook for the homeless.

Hertz told The Independent: “[We] going to work only with ingredients that are about to be wasted, like ugly fruit and vegetables, or yoghurt 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.

Go inside the gorgeous restaurant serving the homeless with recycled food in the video below!

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