Refettorio has won the Ethical Thinking category, which recognises environmental and social responsibility.
Cooking and sharing a meal around a table may seem a simple gesture but, as Massimo Bottura of the world-renowned Osteria Francescana in Modena, puts it, “It might just be the most revolutionary thing you do all day.” Bottura and his wife, Lara Gilmore, started the not-for-profit Food for Soul project in 2016 to tackle “two faces of the same problem”, namely food waste and food insecurity.
Some 450,000 dishes later and Food for Soul has expanded from Milan to Refettorios in London, Paris, San Francisco and New York, with plans to open in Mexico, Asia and Africa.
“The more Refettorios we open, the more we learn from different cities, different sectors of society and different cultural realities how to do our job better,” says Bottura. “The message,” says Gilmore, “is going much further than we ever imagined.”