Chefs, Unesco

Chefs can be ‘agents of change’, says Unesco

Chefs are agents of change in the fight against hunger and malnutrition, and play an important role in inspiring people around the world to support sustainable food production, adopt healthy diets and avoid food waste.

This was the central message of a recent international symposium hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), and the government of France, during the Goût de France gourmet festival held in Paris.

“We have to educate and inspire people to adopt healthy diets,” said Jose Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General. “Gastronomy is more and more an area of great interest, and chefs are among the actors who can shape public opinion and influence consumers.”

During the event, both Unesco and FAO leaders introduced a publication, Chefs as agents of change, on the joint work of both organisations in highlighting the role of chefs as advocates for healthy and culturally diversified diets.

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