What Goes Into Creating Food Security: A Mix Of Chef, Activist and Humanitarian

Few, if any, understand the importance of food better than a chef. For that reason, chefs have a unique part to play in making the global food system more environmentally sustainable, nutritious, and socially just.

Here are famous – and not-so-famous – chefs from around the world who are making a difference to help improve nutrition and reduce food insecurity.

Anthony Bourdain –

The late Anthony Bourdain’s influence on the culinary world cannot be overestimated. He didn’t just introduce millions to new foods — he introduced us to new ways of thinking about food, and how it ties us all together. Bourdain's legacy is an ever-present reminder about the importance of breaking bread with others. As he famously stated, “You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.”

While he never considered himself an activist, he produced, narrated and starred in a documentary called “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste,” which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca film festival.

The documentary divulges how 40% of the food humans produce gets thrown out, the environmental ramifications of this waste, and how people can intervene.

“Food waste is something that I’ve always had to be conscious of as a professional. I’ve also spent the last 15 to 17 years traveling the world and seeing where all that wasted food we generate in the West could go to feed people” he said.

2) Jose Andres –

Spanish-American Chef José Andrés’ non-profit, World Central Kitchen, is devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters. The nonprofit stands up field kitchens to feed thousands of people fresh, nourishing, often hot meals as soon as possible at the scene of a hurricane, earthquake, tornado or flood.

The organization made international headlines in 2017 for preparing over 3.6 million meals for residents of Puerto Rico in the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria. The organization has launched feeding missions in 13 countries, serving some 15 million meals and corralling more than 45,000 volunteers. Andrés was nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.