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Anthony Bourdain Will Take on Food Waste in New Documentary

Coming soon to a film festival near you

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Frequent flyer mile-amassing chef-turned-television star Anthony Bourdain has yet another new project up his sleeve. Zero Point Zero, Bourdain’s production company that’s responsible for Parts Unknown and The Mind of a Chef, is partnering with the Rockefeller Foundation on a documentary called Wasted! The Story of Food Waste. Bourdain will star in the film, Variety reports.

As the name suggests, Wasted! will shed light on the problem of food waste around the world. Bourdain reportedly will be joined by other food world luminaries such as World’s Best Restaurant chef Massimo Bottura, who’s dedicated himself to conquering food waste; Blue Hill restaurants chef and owner Dan Barber; and Mission Chinese Food co-founder Danny Bowien. Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin tells Variety the film “will show how everyone can make changes to minimize what we throw away.”

The Rockefeller Foundation is a private organization with the stated mission of “promoting the well-being of humanity throughout the world.” Earlier this year, it launched the YieldWise Initiative, which aims to demonstrate “how the world can halve food loss by 2030.” Recent stats indicate that a staggering 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. each year goes uneaten.

Bourdain fanatics can expect the film to debut “on the film festival circuit in 2017,” according to Variety.

The Parts Unknown host has been busy lately. In addition to filming for the latest season of his Emmy-winning CNN show, Bourdain has released a new cookbook, embarked on a national live tour, and laid the groundwork for “a very substantial, nonfiction project in Detroit.” He’s also working to open a massive $60 million food hall in New York City.

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