Food waste is a global problem. To spotlight the issue, Anthony Bourdain has a new documentary — Wasted!: The Story of Food Waste — focusing on the matter.
Slated to have a theatrical and video-on-demand release on October 13, the 90-minute film is directed by Anna Chai (The Mind of a Chef and The Layover) and Nari Kye (The Mind of a Chef and No Reservations), and produced by the team behind Bourdain's popular CNN series Parts Unknown.
Food waste is an ongoing and worldwide issue. A study from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization from earlier this year found that 9 percent of global food supply is thrown away or left to rot by consumers. And those privileged enough to have food security also consume 10 percent more than they need. Cumulatively, this accounts for 19 percent of food loss.
In the documentary, several chefs take foods — or parts of foods — that are typically seen as disposable or "waste" and then repurpose them into delicacies. It features renowned names in the culinary world like Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, Sean Brock, and Danny Bowien.
"I'm not an activist, but the intent of this film aligns with something that's very much personal," Bourdain says in a statement, reports Eater. "I came up in kitchen regimes where you live by an absolute rule of using everything and wasting nothing, and of course, as a traveler, I see again and again how circumstances force people to cook incredibly well with the often very little food available to them.
"One film isn't going to cure all of society's ills, but if a few people start thinking about what they're eating for dinner in a different way or think twice about throwing out what is often the best stuff, it's a good day."