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Anthony Bourdain to Make “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” Documentary

Anthony Bourdain to Make “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” Documentary

NEW YORK, NY – Well known for bringing exploratory dishes and culinary trends to life through the cinematic spotlight, Anthony Bourdain is now looking to take his entertainment, authorial, and chef reach one step further. Announcing a new documentary film project, the renowned figure will now be bringing the food waste epidemic to the big screen.

Anthony Bourdain, Chef

“Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” will focus on the issue of wasted food on a global scale, an initiative and concern that has been heading the front of our industry as well. According to Variety, one third or approximately 1.3 billon tons of all man-made food goes to waste instead of being consumed. The issues, numbers, and prospective causes which associated with the initiative will be covered by Bourdain in the piece.

Judith Rodin, President, Rockefeller Foundation“Food waste is a problem that affects people and the planet, yet food waste is also a problem we can solve,” said Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation. “‘Wasted! The Story of Food Waste’ will show how everyone can make changes to minimize what we throw away.”

The globally illuminating documentary will be produced by Bourdain and the Rockefeller Foundation. Zero Point Zero Production, from Bourdain’s TV series “The Mind of a Chef,” will also partner on the project. The documentary will be directed by Nari Kye and Anna Chai.


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Bourdain doesn’t have plans to stop just there, however, as he will call on his worldly chef associates to help divulge on the matter of food waste. Thus far, the following names have been noted as participating in the documentary: 

  • Massimo Bottura: Italian restaurateur
  • Dan Barber: Chef, Author, and Co-Owner of Blue Hill restaurants 
  • Danny Bowien: Co-Founder of Mission Chinese Food

As food waste has become a pressing initiative both nationally and internationally, more noted names have been joining the list to combat wasted food and resources, Bourdain being just the latest. His partner on the project, the Rockefeller Foundation, has also pledged $130 million towards educating consumers and eliminating food waste in addition to supporting the film.

The documentary is currently in production and projected to release as part of film festivals in 2017.

As the project moves forward, and more noted Chef names are released as contributors, AndNowUKnow will have the latest.