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Waste Based Cooking –Restaurants That Give Food Waste Another Chance

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November 14, 2016 / Organic / By
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When one third of the food production is wasted worldwide, it is very clear we are dealing with a problem that for the moment has no viable solutions. Thankfully, some chefs and restaurants around the world decided to set a good example and to show the world waste based cooking can lead to delicious dishes. Reducing food waste is something we can all do if we get more creative in the kitchen and we follow these chefs’ examples of waste based cooking. If you are not convinced waste based cooking can lead to some amazing meals, pay a visit to one of the restaurants we listed in this article. We are pretty sure you will love the experience.

Image source: Silo Brighton

Bror Restaurant, Copenhagen, Denmark

Bror is a restaurant in Copenhagen that found many ways to incorporate ingredients that are not commonly used by chefs in their fine dining dishes. They have a set menu each evening but you can expect various waste based dishes including bull’s testicles and fish heads transformed into an amazing culinary experience for the customers.

Prior to the opening of Bror, the co-owner, Sam Nutter, worked at Noma, another restaurant in Copenhagen famous for its waste based cooking techniques and dishes.

Amass, Copenhagen, Denmark

Amass’ philosophy focuses on a holistic approach to food. The restaurant has a gold organic certification which means 90% of the food and drinks are organic and pesticides-free and the restaurant uses local products to minimize waste. Besides this, the team of Amass is also a fan of waste based cooking and they are very creative while doing their best to avoid the waste bin. If you visit Copenhagen and you decide Amass is a place you want to eat, try the flatbreads made with coffee grounds or the fry fish bones snacks.

Blue Hill, New York, USA

Blue Hill hosted a three week pop-up event called wastED. During these three weeks high profile chefs from all over the city cooked $15 meals from…well… trash. People were impressed, food critics were impressed so we cannot wait for the next event! Dan Barber, Blue Hill’s chef and co-owner, is passionate about waste based cooking so we think it’s safe to say that more wastED events will take place in the future.

Andrew Fairlie, Auchterarder, Scotland, UK

Andrew Fairlie is renowned for his Assiette de porc and other delicacies made out of food waste and not so popular ingredients. The 2 Michelin starred restaurant’s menu reflects Andrew Fairlie’s beliefs that animals and farmers deserve respect and consideration. For this chef, waste based cooking is not just a food trend or a way to save money but a way to show respect to animals and farmers.  

Silo, Brighton, UK

Silo is the first zero-wasted restaurant in the UK, a restaurant where the head chef and the founder aspire to innovate the food industry by promoting ingredients that are not common in other restaurants. The main idea behind Silo is respect, respect for the way food is made, respect for the nourishment provided by food and respect for nature. Reuse, reduce, share, repeat is Silo’s credo and you can see it in everything they do. The restaurant has its own flour mill, the team makes the restaurant’s own almond milk and they show respect for animals by using all parts of their bodies in their dishes.

Up-cycling and re-cycling are also parts of Silo’s story. You can read more about the furniture, plates and re-usable items on their website.

As you can see, waste based cooking is more than a temporary culinary trend, it is a new way of looking at food and the ingredients we use while preparing our everyday meals or while eating out.

Did you try waste based cooking or did you visit a restaurant that tries to reduce its waste? If the answer is yes, we would like to hear more about your experience. You can share your story with foodies from all over the world by joining our foodie community.


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