The success story continues in five European countries. Daily from June 19-23 on ARTE. Explore Denmark, Great Britain, Italy, Greece and Romania with us.
Already 4 international awards for Wastecooking Cinema documentary and series won awards at film-festivals in Germany, France and the Czech Republic!
Recently, the Doku won the German environmental and sustainability film award.
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„wastecooking transforms trash into delicious dishes“ Huffington Post
wastecooking is a movement aimed at protesting food waste with gusto. No moral finger-pointing, only joy of life. The initiator of wastecooking is David Groß, a trained chef, filmmaker and activist.
„The Heroes of the Garbage Dumpster“ Tiroler Tageszeitung
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. This old proverb is something dumpster divers take very seriously. We take the garbage from our throwaway society and turn it into delicious meals, thereby turning consumerism on its head!
Waste recipes: Finger food is out. Today wastefood is in!
A small selection of wastecooking recipes for the web series. You can dumpster dive and cook up your findings at home just like the pros.
wastecooking rose from the garbage heap and was born as an actionism-based art project.
We define ourselves as Artivismus and operate as a collective with the intention of stretching the boundaries of what is considered art, the political and activism.
Wastecooking has whipped up a five-part web series and regularly organizes cook-ins and performances in public spaces that serve up a critical stance on consumerism.
We cook in Salzburg, Vienna, Geneva and London, at film, music and art festivals and at museums.
Roll film: The soon-to-be cult web series wastecooking is simmering away!
At the Viennese art festival “Wienwoche” wastecooking opened Europe’s first free supermarket in Vienna, which provided food rescued from the garbage, as well as dumpster diving tours and free cooking classes. Individual responsibility is never a waste.
David Groß took wastecooking on a European tour.
His mission: Travel through 5 European countries in 5 weeks s and only cook up what others throw out or allow to go to waste. UDavid got some help along the way from friendly activist groups, chefs and scientists. The adventure was captured on film as a five-part television series and an evening-filling documentary film.
For the future one thing is certain:
Wastecooking will only be history whenever food waste ceases to exist!
Actionism has never tasted so good!
What is really rubbish is that so much food goes to waste. We rescue fresh food from dumpsters that can help restore our life force
A critical stance on consumerism that serves up delicious food for thought
Wastecooking’s delicious protest of food waste. Without the moralistic finger-wagging, and always with a pinch of humor.
The protest was amazing! A heartfelt thank you to everyone who was there!
Photos from the protest
One third of all the food produced worldwide goes to waste.
In Austria, that comes to 157,000 tons of edible food that lands in the garbage every year. Wastecooking says: Put an end to food waste!
Leftovers in the pot, waste we want not!
Following in the footsteps of our brothers and sisters throughout the globe, we are proclaiming the first Austrian “Leftovers Day”! WWe will be celebrating this national day of wastecooking for the first time with a cook-in to protest consumerism: Wastecooking chefs of the world, unite!
Our three fundamental principles:
Allowing and decriminalizing container, dumpster and waste diving and prohibiting supermarkets from throwing away food!
Our objective in Austria:
The mandatory donation of unsellable food to civil society organizations!
In Belgium this legislative initiative has already been copied many times over. Throughout Wallonia, supermarkets are prohibited from throwing away edible food. Still-fresh food past its sell-by date must be donated to charity organizations. Supermarkets failing to comply face penalties, including the possible closing of their store.
David Groß (founder)
Daniel Samer (cameraman)
Tobias Judmaier (chef)
Martin Hasenöhrl (filmmaker)
Christopher Eberle (Internet specialist)
Andreas Strauss (artist and architect wastecooking stove)
Others who helped us out to a large extent, thereby earning our particular gratitude:
Our web series crew!
Destinations: Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France
Wastecooking goes on tour through Europe. We have found dedicated fellow activists in the Viennese production company Mischief Films.
David Groß, chef, filmmaker and activist, travels through five European countries eating only what other people call waste. Supporting him are wastecooking activists Daniel Samer and Martin Hasenöhrl.
Also accompanying him is his wastemobile, which only runs on used vegetable oil.
Here is a small taste of what’s in store.
Who actually created that cool wastecooking stove accompanying David on his European journey?
His name is Andreas Strauss. The artist invented the model “soupermobil 3rd edition” and in close collaboration with us adapted it for our waste cooking adventure. This stove rocks!
Self-experiment: Can man live on waste alone?
According to the world food organization FAO one third of all the food produced around the world lands in the garbage. That’s so easy to say, but the issue really gets under my skin. My waste cooking tour is also a self-experiment. I hope to prove that it is possible to live on only what our consumer-driven society leaves by the wayside. Can I do it?
The full-length feature film of the Wastecooking European tour was first broadcast on ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) in June 2015. The culinary road trip movie received 2015’s second-highest TV ratings in the documentary broadcasting slot.
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Credits second season:
Idea/screenplay/presenter: David Groß
Director: Jakob Kubizek, Peter Sihorsch
Camera: Daniel Samer
Wastecooking – Kochen was andere verschwenden (‘Cook What Others Waste’)
(AUT 2015, 80 min)
Concept, writer, presenter: David Gross
Director: Georg Misch
Camera: Daniel Samer
Production: Mischief Films
The mastermind behind wastecooking, David Gross, traveled to Japan to personally present his film. He participated in countless discussions and cooking events. Japan is one of the nations that waste the most food. Interest in sustainable solutions is enormous.
Art actions form the heart of the wastecooking community.
Here you can find the wastecooking actions from the past several years!
Here are a number of video highlights from our performances:
Caution: This is all about the web series, not the TV series!
The wastecooking webseries on DVD. Featuring all sorts of bonus material. A must for all current – and would-be – fans of haute waste cuisine.
Here’s how to order
Composer and singer Sigrid Likar performed at our live events as the “Waste Queen”. Learn more about her interesting art here!
Peter Becker, wild herb chef
Mundraub: Free fruit for free citizens!
Slow Food Youth Deutschland: Schnippeldisco and more!
Wam Kat und seine Flaeming Kitchen, protest chef
Youth Food Movement Netherlands
Disco Soupe, Youth Movement
ANDES, Social Markets and Collective Kitchens
Les Paniers de la Mer, Social Initiative
Sonia Ezgulian, clever leftover and waste cooking chef
Foodsharing, share food, don’t waste it
Feeding the 5000, waste cooking international, world-wide campaign
„Cooking is a political act.
But we can’t all be Che Guevara. Some of us have to peel the potatoes!“
Wam Kat, cooking activist
The food that we throw away in Europe alone would be enough to feed all of the world’s hungry twice over.
In Europe 90 million tons of edible food ends up in the garbage every year.
In Austria we throw away around 160.000 tons of food. That would be sufficient to feed a city the size of Salzburg.
“My first dumpster diving experience was the catalyst. Tons of fresh food in the garbage – that’s a sight I will never forget. Bananas, bread, yogurt, tomatoes: unbelievable!
Wastecooking won’t give up the fight for as long as fresh food continues to go to waste. The way not just to our hearts, but also toward shaping an awareness that is critical of our consumer driven society, goes through our stomachs.”
David Groß, wastecooking founder
(Source: Die Essensvernichter, Stefan Kreutzberger und Valentin Thurn)
wastecooking is health food with a dash of hot sauce, because activism is supposed to be fun too – as long as the portion sizes are right. We take trash and transform it into delicious menus, go hopping into garbage containers camera in hand and fry up waste in a pan. We take aim at our consumer-driven society and turn the concept of competitive thinking on its head.
Food is culture, and more than just a means to an end. We are trying to give our bodies what our minds need in order to look beyond our own noses.
We spit in the greasy soup of those who let food go to waste unnecessarily.
What is the future of cooking?
The answer is very simple. At school, where the children are.
What children like to eat today will be on the menu tomorrow. Our experience has shown that schoolchildren immediately see food waste as the scandal it is and understand that wastecooking can be tons of fun.
That is why we are calling for
wastecooking to be made a mandatory subject in schools.
“The approach wastecooking chefs are taking to food is an excellent example to follow”
wastecooking partner project:
In the spring of 2014 wastecooking team member Tobias Judmaier developed the first catering company that only serves up food that has been deemed unfit for sale.