World’s greatest chef opens restaurant for the homeless

In huge food news, Italian chef Massimo Bottura has announced he will be opening his first restaurant in Australia.

He's crowned as the world's greatest chef and his restaurant, Osteria Francesana in Italy has been taken out the world's best restaurant award several times. Now, Massimo Bottura is opening his fifth 'refettorio' -  a charitable restaurant where renowned chefs use rescued food to feed the vulnerable locals. With Massimo's refettorio's already open in London, Milan, Paris and Rio de Janeiro, Sydney is set to be the next location.

Representing his food charity, Food for Soul, Massimo will be partnering with OzHarvest founder, Ronni Kahn to open the new restaurant. 

OzHarvest will be responsible for the maintenance of the site, operations, volunteers and will supply all the rescued food for the meals.

Massimo is tasked with recruiting a strong team of influential chefs to run the restaurant, as well as communicating with charity agencies that will support the project.


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As the refettorio is designed to be a shared space for the whole community, Massimo encourages anyone interested in the project to volunteer in the restaurant and help build the project. 

The partnership between OzHarvest and Massimo is a powerful union, combining skills, experience and resources to benefit communities around the world.

Each week, OzHarvest collects over 180 tonnes of food from food donors across Australia, including supermarkets, restaurants and catering companies. 

In Australia, more than five million tonnes of food ends up in landfill, costing an estimated $20 billion a year. 

The opening of the restaurant will be of huge benefit to the chosen Sydney area, as well as helping the food waste crisis.

While the location is still unconfirmed, it's been reported that the restaurant is due to open this year. 

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