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 the socio-educational, technological, and psychological arenas by designing a flexible training programme. Thanks to his school, more than 2000 people have benefited from his free courses; 440 people graduated in 2021, and 118 students have secured a job.