Making Social Gastronomy the rule in food and beverage industry.


Our mission is bringing inclusion through Social Gastronomy.

Food as a transformational agent

Many people aspire to help their country but don´t know how. Gastronomy and the food and beverage sector have an immense potential for transformation: contributing to over 10%  of the global GDP and accounting for 1 in 10 jobs on the planet according to WEF Travel and Tourism Report 2017. This  industry plays an important role towards inclusive growth and prosperity, while fostering cross-cultural interactions and understanding.

How about reducing social inequality?

Why not use the power of gastronomy, food and all its elements to transform society, bring people together and help reduce social inequality?
Why not give opportunities to thousands of young people to fulfill their potential?
Why not start recuperating food that is about to be wasted to feed the planet?

Food should not only taste good
but also do good for society.


Through free vocational kitchen training, entrepreneurial classes, nutrition and sustainable food education, food waste programs and the sole creation of opportunities, we empower and inspire those living on the margins of society and invest in young talent.

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Where we work

Gastromotiva initially began its operations in São Paulo in 2006, followed by Rio de Janeiro in 2013, in Salvador in 2014 (operation currently on hold), in Curitiba, Mexico City and Capetown in 2016, El Salvador in 2017, and will soon open in other cities in Brazil and Latin America. The Refettorio Gastromotiva, a food waste restaurant school, is located in Rio de Janeiro and opened its doors on August 9th 2016 during the Olympic Games.

Awards and Recognition

Good work is always recognized.

Gastromotiva has become a reference for social change and social gastronomy, not only in the hospitality market but also in the third sector. Awards and tributes received by the founder chef David Hertz have enhanced the value of the initiatives and projects we undertake.