Food for Soul and Gastromotiva give life to RefettoRio during the 2016 Olympics

The RefettoRio in the Lapa area - Photo: Leo Aversa

The RefettoRio in the Lapa neighborhood – Photo: Leo Aversa

Together with chef Massimo Bottura, chef and founder of Gastromotiva David Hertz will create a soup kitchen in the Lapa neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro.

Food for Soul will work hand to hand with Gastromotiva, a non­profit organization founded by David Hertz, to recreate the model of the community kitchen first launched in Milan. The synergy created between the two organizations and supported by the food journalist Alexandra Forbes, will lead to the opening of RefettoRio Gastromotiva on August, the 9th. At least 5,000 free meals will be provided to those in need throughout the whole period of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The idea of taking the project of Massimo Bottura to Brazil came in 2015, when Gastromotiva cooked at Refettorio Ambrosiano for the homeless of Greco neighbourhood. From the very beginning, Food for Soul supported the Brazilian association in making the dream come true.

Work in progress... - Photo: Leo Aversa

Work in progress… – Photo: Leo Aversa

The project aims to offer food and dignity to people in situations of social vulnerability. Chefs invited from all around the world will cook tasty and nutritious meals from the food surplus of the Olympic Village. The model reproduces that of Refettorio Ambrosiano, created by Massimo Bottura, where more than 65 international chefs cooked with food waste coming from the pavilions of ExpoMilan 2015. Former Gastromotiva students will be amongst the staff of the new project in Rio de Janeiro: young culinary talents thus will be empowered. Many chefs from all over the world already answered the call launched by Food for Soul: Andoni Luis Aduriz, Andrea Berton, Mauro Colagreco, Alain Ducasse, Leonor Espinosa, Carlos Garcia, Rodolfo Guzman, Francis Mallmann, Virgilio Martinez and Pia Leon, Davide Oldani, Elena Reygadas, Joan Roca, Kamilla Seidler, Thomas and Claude Troisgros and Mitsuharu Tsumura will cook at RefettoRio throughout the period of the Olympics. Brazilian chefs have been invited to be part of the project; among those, there are Alex Atala, Felipe Bronze, Manu Buffara, Thiago and Felipe Castanho, Teresa Corçao, Rafa Costa e Silva, Alberto Landgraf, André Mifano, Rodrigo Oliveira, Helena Rizzo and Roberta Sudbrack.

RefettoRio will mark the new international identity of Food for Soul: thanks to the financial support of Pastificio Di Martino, Grundig, San Pellegrino and Pastificio Felicetti, the organization founded by Massimo Bottura will cross the Italian borders for the very first time when it heads to Brazil.

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Looking forward to the completed project - Photo: Paolo Terzi

Some of you may have heard of the Refettorio Bronx project with De Niro, however it is still too premature to talk about as the project is just at the planning stage. Chef Bottura and his team are still looking for local partners and a location in the area. When Robert de Niro visited Osteria Francescana, chef Bottura proposed the idea of working together on a project but it was not a formal agreement or commitment. There is simply the desire of working together to try to make it happen in 2017.

By Cristina Reni and Pauline Febvey.

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2 Responses to Food for Soul and Gastromotiva give life to RefettoRio during the 2016 Olympics

  1. Jane Ram says:

    Any chance of hi res version of the picture of the LAPA soup kitchen? I would like to use it for an article in Global Gourmet magazine….

    Best regards,


    • spoonhq says:

      Dear Jane,

      Did my assistant respond to you after you left your comment? If not I apologise.

      If you would like to contact me in future my email address is now

      I will be looking after Massimo Bottura and Osteria Francescana, Niklas Ekstedt and his eponymous Ekstedt restaurant in Stockholm, Nathan Myhrvold and his Modernist Cusine series of books as well as new signing Ben Shewry and Attica restaurant in Melbourne.

      With belatedt thanks for leaving a comment,

      Sarah Canet.
      (former owner of Spoon PR current International Director of Sauce Communications)

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