On August 9th, Refettorio Gastromotiva opened its doors on the occasion of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games. The idea? Use the opportunity of the Olympics as a means to launch an innovative project to promote social integration.
Refettorio is a restaurant designed to distribute free meals to vulnerable and underpriviledged populations in Rio during the Olympic season. The meals will be created using surplus food from restaurants in the Olympic village and short-dated products withdrawn from Carrefour store shelves.
A number of renowned international chefs will be working in the kitchen starting August 9th: Alain Ducasse, Claude and Thomas Troisgros and Massimo Bottura, whose restaurant was distinguished "Best Restaurant in the World"! In 2015, he created an anti-waste restaurant at the universal exhibition in Milan. Building on the success of this first project, the experiment has been brought to Brazil by Food for Soul (Bottura's association), Gastromotiva, Carrefour and its Foundation.
Since the launch of the project, 4 200 meals have been served, to over 140 people daily! Which means more than 6 000 kilos of food was used instead of wasted and thrown away!