Noted food demigod Anthony Bourdain is expanding his empire further towards the horizon with a new documentary. Given the former chef’s years of non-fiction work on four separate television programs, this seems like a pretty natural step. The feature-length documentary will focus on food waste worldwide and how to fix a very serious problem. The film is titled Wasted! The Story Of Food Waste — don’t be surprised if Eric Ripert shows up while the Ramones or Iggy Pop spool out on the film’s soundtrack.
Bourdain is working with his Parts Unknown partners to film the globe-hopping doc alongside the Rockefeller Foundation. The philanthropic foundation recently pledged $130 million to fighting food waste. Judith Rodin, the president of the foundation, stated “food waste is also a problem we can solve, ‘Wasted! The Story of Food Waste’ will show how everyone can make changes to minimize what we throw away.” There are many facets to our own food waste that we’re starting to get better angle on and should be able to easily solve — understanding sell by dates, consuming ‘ugly’ food, and learning to better stock one’s pantry are just the tips of a very big food-waste iceberg.
Bourdain will be bringing some heavier hitters in the food world along, including recently crowned World’s Best chef Massimo Bottura who has spearheaded restos which reclaim tossed food to feed the poor. Expect the film to hit the festival circuit next year and everywhere else shortly thereafter.