Meet Maxime Bonnabry Duval, Chef de cuisine at El Refettorio in Paris

Updated: Jun 24, 2020

Empowering communities to fight against food waste by using gastronomy to feed people in need and as a vector of cultural and social bonding

Photo by @JulienPerrichon

While studying Civil Engineering, Maxime soon felt that it wasn't where he belonged. Concerned about environmental issues and looking for a way to have a strong impact, he decided to take a turning point in his career. He then joined the Ferrandi culinary school in Paris. Very soon, a vocation was born beyond that of cooking, that of doing it with meaning. After leading a project around food waste during his studies, when Maxime graduated, he was immediately hired by Massimo Bottura and his team. He became Chef de cuisine of El Refettorio Paris when it opened in 2018.

Refettorio Paris is the fourth community kitchen that connects food, art and impact, founded by the organizations Food for Soul and Grundig Partnership. Food for Soul, a non-profit founded by chef Massimo Bottura and Lara Gilmore to empower communities to break the cycle of food waste through social inclusion. El Refettorio benefits from strong media coverage thanks to the patronage of renowned artists and chefs, and it involves a rotating cast of talented Chefs and many committed celebrities.

Maxime is benevolent and humble, despite his young experience, and he is the Chef who has most likely already cooked with the greatest number of Michelin starred Chefs in the world!

Clearly committed to environmental and social impact, Maxime is passionate about addressing the issue of food waste and the opportunity his work represents to create and care for communities.

Welcome Maxime to Chefs for Impact!

By Maxime Bonnabry Duval as told to Chefs for Impact

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