Chef Pierre Thiam at Refettorio Gastromotiva in Rio de Janiero

Chef Pierre Thiam was invited to Rio de Janiero as one of the celebrity chefs to turn wasted Olympics Food into meals for the homeless at Refettorio Gastromotiva, an initiative brought to Brazil by chefs Massimo Bottura (Food for Soul), David Hertz (Gastromotiva) and by the journalist Ale Forbes to contribute to fighting food waste, malnutrition and social exclusion. 

The creators of Refettorio Gastromotivarefettorio means dining hall in Italian — hope it will change the way Brazilians, and the world, think about hunger, food waste and the nourishing of human dignity.

“This is not just a charity; it’s not just about feeding people,” said Mr. Bottura. “This is about social inclusion, teaching people about food waste and giving hope to people who have lost all hope.”