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David Hertz launches Social Gastronomy Movement at World Economic Forum

Brazilian chef and social entrepreneur David Hertz is using his fourth appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to launch his Social Gastronomy Movement.

"We will present this human-centered solution, a movement that all chefs, companies and social leaders are invited to join and co-create with us," he said.

The Social Gastronomy Movement is a global initiative to combat inequality and food waste, improve nutritional education and create jobs. It will share the best practices and knowledge that Gastromotiva has accumulated in its 11-year history of professional education and training in Brazil, Latin America and South Africa. So far about 3,500 disadvantaged young people have received culinary training and found jobs, more than 100,000 people have learned about nutrition and 50,000kg of food have been saved.

The 48th World Economic Forum, from 23 – 26 January, is based on the theme of 'Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World' and brings together leaders, including Donald Trump and Brazilian President Michel Temer, as well as CEOs, academics and the media.

Gastromotiva has a packed schedule including panels, bonfire talks and two live sessions in which David and World Food Programme boss David Beasley will cook free meals from surplus ingredients.

And, for the first time, a former Gastromotiva student will be in charge of the catering. Diego Santos had to grow up fast aged 10, after his father abandoned the family – but his resilience has seen an inspiring career trajectory from a supermarket counter to the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy.

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