GOOD-FOOD HERO OF THE WEEK: Jaroslav Guzanic
Every week we introduce you to one of our recipe developers. This time we're talking to Jaroslav Guzanic. He's is not only a passionate chef, but also a member of the Food Revolution Network and a huge advocate of better food education.
Jaroslav, you're currently developing the "Food Project of Switzerland". Could you tell us a bit about it?
The programme illustrates the huge challenges of childhood obesity in the world and serves as a tool to drive prevention activities for different age groups. It's designed to be a bridge between a food science, education and cooking - an area that I feel hasn't received enough attention. We are working to create a network of chefs, teachers, nutritionists and food-related professionals to develop a food education platform that supports the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals.
What motivated you to develop the project?
In my roles to date I had met so many great people and food education specialists who really wanted to make a difference but lacked the platform to do so.
How do you see your role as a chef contributing to the creation of a better future?
By creating sustainable recipes and working with others to make these available to as many people as possible. I think it's really important that reducing food waste becomes a natural part of the cooking process and I'm glad to see that the MyFoodways app makes this easier for its users.
What have you learnt through your work recently?
Working on my new project has helped me to discover a lot of new skills that I didn't know I had! There are so many opportunities out there in relation to food education, and each new connection can offer new perspectives. It's also taught me to be really self-disciplined and focus on what I love!
What does Good Food mean for you personally?
For me, food is about feelings, emotions and flavours. I strongly believe that everyone should be able to enjoy simple, healthy meals, made from fresh, local and seasonal ingredients.