Education for professionalization
In partnership with gastronomic centers at universities, and with a curriculum tailored to the socioeconomic challenges of each location, Gastromotiva offers three courses free-of-charge: Professional Cook Training; Entrepreneurship: Make and Sell; and Professional Cook with an Emphasis on Social Gastronomy.
Food super league
Currently, more than 2 billion people suffer from some form of nutritional deficiency. Approximately 1.9 billion individuals are overweight, and, according to the FAO, 600 million of them are categorically obese. The Food Super League is an award-winning project to bring food education to children, families and educators in socioeconomically vulnerable communities. The initiative promotes awareness about nutrition, through entertaining and educational activities carried out at various events from schools to food fairs. These activities aim to make food healthy, fun and affordable for everyone.
Solidary dinner and combating waste
Every month, more than 5,000 kilos of food are reclaimed and transformed through technique and creativity by chefs and students at Refettorio Gastromotiva, then served to nearly 100 socially vulnerable people. In addition to daily activities, the Eco-gastronomy and Innovation Laboratory modules are included in the curriculum. Here, students learn about the integral use of food, from pulp and seeds to stalks and peels, for both creative menus and innovative products.
Advocacy, lectures and workshops
Gastromotiva is present at events of all sizes, regional and international, public and private, with a very clear objective: Through best practices and a connected community, we inspire change in individuals and their habits to influence new policies in the sectors of food, beverage and hospitality, through Social Gastronomy.
Gastronomy in prisons
Between 2013 and 2014 Gastromotiva and Chef Alex Atala brought culinary classes to two women’s prisons in São Paulo. There were three groups, totaling more than 100 students. Some of the students who had already completed their sentence or entered work-release programs continued their education or employment in this field.