The Social Gastronomy Dialogues: Food for What

For the past 11 years Gastromotiva has been using food as a powerful tool to transform the lives of vulnerable people.

The realisation that many socio-economic problems could be solved through the training and inclusion of unemployed members of society is what spurred David Hertz to found Gatromotiva. By providing training and support to those from lower-income backgrounds, Gastromotiva helps individuals gain employment in entry level hospitality roles, helping to improve their confidence and independence, whilst providing motivated skilled workers for the sector.


More recently, Gatromotiva has gone one step further and now runs projects that focus on food education, food waste and socially conscious cooking, which involve chefs, civil society and the catering industry to build a Social Gastronomic Movement.


Food: The most inclusive tool society has

Social Gastronomy works on the principle that food has the power to create opportunities for people in need and to respond to modern challenges including hunger, malnutrition and the shortcomings of our unbalanced food systems.

Food being handed out by Gastromotiva project volunteers

In every corner of the world, there are people who are excluded from mainstream society – without access to the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. Food is something we all have in common, but at the same time translates our identity and cultural heritage. It is the most inclusive tool we have to reach the largest number of people in need.

It is our belief that food should not only taste good, but should also do good for our world.

Food being handed out by Gastromotiva project volunteers

How can you become part of the movement?

We have a real opportunity for progress in 2017 and a powerful movement for change is forming. But only if we all work together we can find the right solutions and drive real progress. 

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If you would like to be part of building the movement, please email