Celebrity & Local Chefs Show How To Not Waste Food At WASTED: A Celebration Of Sustainable Food On October 14

September 16, 2018

Chef Works and Kitchens for Good are teaming up to make celebrity chefs rethink kitchen waste at WASTED: A Celebration of Sustainable Food - a fundraising tasting event taking place on Sunday, October 14 at Liberty Station in Point Loma. We are raffling off two tickets to this fun & delicious event! Read on and be sure to enter.

WASTED: A Celebration of Sustainable Food will be hosted by Celebrity Chef and James Beard nominated Pastry Chef Elizabeth Falkner and will feature 30 local and national celebrity chefs and mixologists who will be competing to prepare winning dishes and cocktails using food that would otherwise be discarded. The goal of the event is to bring awareness to sustainability for chefs and consumers, creating a call to action about the way people consider food waste.

According to a National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report, approximately 40 percent of edible food ends up in landfills in the United States. Further, nearly one in six San Diegans lacks access to healthy, affordable food, according to a study conducted by Feeding San Diego. Chefs at the WASTED event will demonstrate ways to turn food waste into inspiring dishes with some rethinking of ingredients and creative cooking. Day-old bread? Turn it into beer. Bruised fruit is great for desserts while savory bites can be concocted using the whole animal or vegetable. Attendees will get to cast their votes to choose the winning dishes in the savory, sweet and cocktail categories.

Kitchens for Good culinary students, who are gaining employment skills following incarceration, homelessness and/or foster care, will be matched with competing chefs in the preparation of dishes for the event. Chef Works, the global leader in culinary and hospitality apparel, will provide aprons and chef coats in addition to its sponsorship.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for chefs to inspire the public to rethink food-waste, all while raising money and awareness towards an important issue," said Aviva Paley, Co-Founder and Senior Director of Kitchens for Good. "We’re excited about the lineup of chefs and are thankful for Chef Works and their sponsorship."

WASTED will feature top local and national chefs including James Beard Nominee Javier Plascencia, Bravo TV's Top Chef Katsuji Tanabe, Executive Chef Davin Waite of Wrench and Rodent, and Bravo TV's Top Chef Brian Malarkey.

"For the first time ever Chefs have a unique platform to educate and lead by example," said Wrench & Rodent Chef/Owner Davin Waite. "There is a tremendous amount of food waste in our industry. The solution is not only simple and good for the planet but can lead to a more interesting and delicious culinary experience."

Tickets to WASTED are available online starting at $90. A portion of each ticket is tax deductible. All proceeds will support Kitchens for Good, a non-profit organization that tackles issues of food waste, poverty and hunger.

For more information about WASTED: A Celebration of Sustainable Food and to buy tickets, visit wastedcelebration.com.