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Heidi Bjerkan – Special Mention

One of Norway’s culinary figures, this chef advocates an innovative restaurant model characterised by her special relationship with farmers in the Trondheim area; an intrinsic part of the team that makes her renowned Credo restaurant possible. In 2017, this former chef of the Norwegian royal family launched Vippa, a work and training space for small… Read more »

Ebru Baybara Demir

Hailing from Türkiye, the country that hosts most Syrian refugees, this great chef uses gastronomy as a tool for integration. In the many initiatives in which she is part of, Baybara Demir empowers women from both countries and dismantles prejudices by highlighting the richness of the exchange of cultures. She currently supports the agricultural development… Read more »

Nicole Pisani – Special Mention

British chef Nicole Pisani, besides being the author of books such as Salt, Butter, Bones and Magic Soup and driving the #EndChildFoodPoverty campaign, is in charge of Chefs in School: a project seeded in London to rethink collective catering in primary schools. She has promoted the installation of vegetable gardens in schools and projects where… Read more »

Fatmata Binta

Fatmata Binta, originally from Sierra Leone, aims to share and spread the essence of the Fulani’s culture and cuisine with her initiative “Dine on a mat”, a nomadic restaurant that offers an immersive culinary experience across many countries that demonstrates how the Fulani people eat and interact with food. For them, sustainability is much more… Read more »

Edson Leite – Special Mention

Founder of the Escuela Periférica de Gastronomía in 2012, Edson Leite, originally from São Paulo, provides culinary training opportunities and psychological support to help young people in search of job opportunities. Together with his team, he tries to raise awareness about food waste, and they use gastronomy as a motor for social transformation, engaging in… Read more »

Douglas McMaster – Special Mention

Douglas McMaster, founder of the Silo restaurant, uses his creativity to promote “zero waste”. An approach that he tries to spread through the Zero Waste Cooking School, an initiative that came up during the COVID-19 confinement period with the goal of promoting the zero waste philosophy and raising awareness in society about the problem of… Read more »

Ana Estrela – Special Mention

Ana Estrela, a Brazilian-born former dancer and choreography assistant for several Afro-Brazilian dance groups, founded the Origins Cultural Association in Bari, Italy to promote Brazilian culture through various artistic and culinary events. Through her work at Origins, Ana came to recognise the power of gastronomy to generate common spaces where people from different cultures can… Read more »

Xanty Elías

Spanish chef Xanty Elías has won the Basque Culinary World Prize 2021 for his initiative “Los Niños se Comen El Futuro”, which works to educate the next generation about healthy eating. Xanty has immersed himself in social projects to benefit the region. In 2017 he co-founded “Fundación Prenauta” with other local businesspeople, a non-profit that… Read more »

Kia Damon – Special Mention

Kia Damon is a rising star in America’s culinary scene and a powerful advocate for diversity in gastronomy. After noticing that the gastronomy sector was dominated by white, cisgender men, Damon founded the Supper Club from Nowhere as a response to the lack of visible black women in the industry. The initiative brings chefs and… Read more »

Mariana Aleixo

Aleixo is a professional chef who, since 2010, has managed the Maré de Sabores programme and integrated it into the community movement known as Redes da Maré. This is an organisation that aims to provide support for the rights of those living in the 16 favelas that make up the community of Maré in Rio… Read more »