A basket full of ugly fruits and vegetables (we will use over a 100 pounds of different products) obtained by farms or grocery stores that might end up in landfills because they are about to expire. We will also have other products such as sauces, condiments, any types of additives that could be used while preparing a creative dish. It is all about the texture, the colour, flavor, and how the chefs manage the presentacions of their plates. This will prove to everyone that you can prepare a delicious, creative and exclusive dish with products that are, indeed, perfectly nutritious and consumible despite their expiration date.
Canada throws away $31 billion worth of consumable food every year, or to put it in more staggering terms – 40% of all food produced in Canada ends up in landfill – 40%! – while 1 in 7 (or 4.9 million) people live in poverty. Therefore, the main idea behind this competition, is to raise awareness on the food wasting issue that is happening in Canada; or more specifically, about the amount that is bypassing hungry Canadians and ending up in landfills as a result of current government legislation which prohibits restaurants, grocery stores, and food manufacturers from donating perfectly nutritious and consumable food items to outreach and community food programs simply because they are nearing their labeled expiration dates.
This event will also promote the “Feed it Forward” program and the “Soup Bar” (first “pay-what-you-can” restaurant in Toronto)