The Chefs’ Manifesto: Join our community today

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The SDG2 Advocacy Hub aims to build a community of chefs around the world, equipped with a simple set of actions to drive progress against the food issues that matter most to them. Working together we can help deliver a better food system for all. Join us.

At the EAT Stockholm Food Forum, 16 chefs from 13 countries will launch the Chefs' Manifesto Action Plan. Designed as a practical guide, the Action Plan details simple actions chefs can take in their kitchens, classrooms and communities to deliver a better food system for all. Download the Action Plan here

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Why chefs?

We believe in a better future for food.

A future where ingredients are grown with respect for the environment, where no good food goes to waste and where everyone, everywhere enjoys the nutritious meals they need to grow and thrive.

The good news is that, through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations have set out a roadmap to achieving this vision – and all 193 countries are on-board.

But the journey is not going to be easy. Tackling food system challenges - such as undernutrition, food waste and soil degradation - is hugely complex. We believe that success relies on everyone rolling up their sleeves and getting involved.

So, we need to start a new global conversation about food: An engaging, inclusive movement that will inspire people to come to the table and take action.

And we see chefs at the centre of this conversation.

Chefs bridge the gap between the farm and the fork – transforming raw ingredients into delicious, nutritious meals. In doing so, they influence what we grow, what we put on our plates and how we think and talk about food.

We think chefs can be powerful advocates for a better food future – inspiring people to make changes in their kitchens and communities and empowering them to call on governments and companies to also play their part.


What’s the Manifesto?

To facilitate this movement for change, the SDG2 Advocacy Hub is working with chefs all over the world to create a Chefs’ Manifesto - a thematic framework which outlines how chefs can contribute to the SDGs through simple, practical actions.

We want this to be a document written by chefs, for chefs so over the last few months we have been asking chefs to tell us what food issues matter most to them - and the role they want to play in inspiring and influencing change.

100+ chefs from 36 countries, have contributed to the process so far - completing surveys, attending calls and participating in workshops in London and New York. From this input we have developed the 8 THEMATIC AREAS, aligned with the SDGs, that chefs are most passionate about working on:

  1. Ingredients grown with respect for the earth & its oceans;
  2. Protection of biodiversity & improved animal welfare; 
  3. Investment in livelihoods;
  4. Value natural resources & reduce waste; 
  5. Celebration of local & seasonal food; 
  6. A focus on plant-based ingredients; 
  7. Education on food safety, healthy diets & nutritious cooking; 
  8. Nutritious food that is accessible & affordable for all. 


How can chefs get involved?

The next step is to create ACTIONS that sit under the THEMATIC AREAS and provide a practical guide that chefs can use to deliver change through their kitchens, classrooms and communities.  Over the next few months we will be working with chefs to develop these ACTIONS - ensuring that they are relevant whether you work in a restaurant, soup kitchen or school canteen.

There is a lot of great activity happening already.  Through our chef community we also want to profile some of this work, share learnings and best practice and help empower chefs everywhere to be SDG2 advocates.

This is just the start of the journey.

Get involved by:

  • Contributing a recipe to "Cooking the Manifesto", a database compiling recipes in line with one or more of the Manifesto’s 8 thematic areas. 
  • Sharing ideas and photos of best practice in cooking the Manifesto 
  • Link to the Manifesto on social media platforms


Check out our animation which explains more about the project and get involved by JOINING OUR COMMUNITY here.


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