About Us

Food for Soul is a cultural project founded by Chef Massimo Bottura and Lara Gilmore to shine light on the invisible potential of people, places and food.

Our Mission

By enabling the transformation of people, places and food, we build a culture of value that will strengthen community resilience, open opportunities for social and economic mobility and build healthier and more equitable food systems.

What we do

Our Values

Our Values are essential to the organization’s culture and identity. They provide purpose and help us to fulfil our mission.

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    Collaboration

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    Potential

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    Empathy

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    Excellence

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    Integrity

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    Imagination

Our Guiding Principles

​Our values as an organization live through our Guiding Principles, which shape the development of our programs, define our impact and are an essential part of our culture and identity:​ ​Quality of Ideas, Power of Beauty, and ​Value of Hospitality.

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    Quality
    of Ideas

    By collaborating with community members, chefs, artists, organizations and professionals from different fields, our aim is to imagine and create places and experiences that can be platforms for learning and exchange. We strongly believe that the quality of the ideas that we bring together through our programs can make our voice louder, send our message further, and inspire others to act.

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    Power of Beauty

    Beauty is a universal language, whose power can inspire and unveil hidden potential. Moments of beauty – be it art, design, music or an act of kindness – can take people out of their daily experience and help them to connect with each other. By creating spaces and experiences that actively celebrate the equal right of all to beauty, our aim is to encourage people to embrace empathy, and to form human connections that can be powerful vehicles for change.

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    Value of Hospitality

    We believe in the power of hospitality to create experiences that have an emotional impact and that can make people feel seen and cared for. Through the excellence of our services, the integrity of our motivation, and the attention we dedicate to each of our stakeholders, our aim is to ensure a sense of dignity, caring and belonging that motivates them to express themselves and their ideas.

Partnership and Sustainability

Through a Philosophy of Partnership, Food for Soul is building a progressive human-centred model and diverse network of partners to demonstrate the efficacy of culture as an approach to foster human connections and improve food systems. Our joint efforts are aimed at building a better and more sustainable future for people and the planet, responding to some of the most pressing global challenges of our time by accelerating opportunities for a more inclusive society.

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