Acclaimed nomadic chef Anthony Bourdain is making the jump into documentary filmmaking with the forthcoming feature-length travelogue Wasted! The Story of Food Waste.
The culinary artist and Zero Point Zero Production have partnered with The Rockefeller Foundation to produce the film, which will provide an exclusive look into the professional and personal lives of distinguished chefs while combining travel, cooking, history and science to expose the “magnitude of food waste across world.”
The film, which will be co-directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Nari Kye and Anna Chai, will also feature a host of globally renowned chefs, including restauranteur Massimo Bottura of Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy; author and chef Dan Barber of Michelin-starred Blue Hill in Manhattan; and James Beard Award winner Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese and Mission Cantina in San Francisco.
Bourdain, who is writing and narrating the film, will executive produce alongside Zero Point Zero’s Lydia Tenaglia.
Currently in production,Wasted! is expected to premiere in time for the 2017 festival circuit.
“This is an important and informative film and a project I’m proud to be part of,” said Bourdain in a statement. “Chefs have been at the cutting edge of efforts to contend responsibly with the problem of food waste, perhaps because they, more than others, are painfully aware of the egregious volume of perfectly usable, nutritious food that could otherwise feed people in need, being thrown out in our restaurants.”
“Wasted! The Story of Food Waste, will show how everyone can make changes to minimize what we throw away, inspired by chefs who know that by being creative in the kitchen, we can put more food on our tables and less in the trash,” added Dr. Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation.