UN's new recipe contest encourages people to cook more sustainably

women farmers in South America
© SDG Fund

Each month presents a new culinary challenge. Submit an entry and you could win a trip to Spain.

There are many ways to join the fight against climate change, and one good place to start is the kitchen. By cooking in a particular way, using carefully selected ingredients, it is possible to reduce the impact one’s household has on the planet. With this in mind, three famous chefs from Spain — Josep, Joan, and Jordi Roca of El Celler de Can Roca in Girona — have joined the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Fund to launch a cooking contest with a goal of improving sustainability that’s both fun and beneficial.

In honor of the Paris climate agreement taking effect on November 4, the Rosa brothers, as they’re commonly known, will present a unique challenge each month that encourages people to cook in more environmentally-friendly ways. Participants can ‘cook’ the challenge, coming up with a recipe that reflects its requirements, and submit through social media using hashtag #Recipe4Change. Share why your entry is special and what it brings to a sustainable table.

The winner will receive a trip for two to Spain, to spend a day with the chefs, cook the winning recipe, and dine with the Roca brothers in their renowned restaurant. For every entry received, Spanish food company Ebro will make a donation to the SDG Fund’s nutrition and food projects.

In a press release, Paloma Duran, head of the SDG Fund, said:

"The challenges of food security are complex and require more integrated approaches to mitigate the effects of our changing climate. With one of five people still lacking access to electricity and more than 1.8 billion without clean water, we must rethink how we prepare, store and transport food. The Roca brothers serve as important champions for our ongoing work on this vital issue. Tackling climate change and achieving [goals] should be a collective effort that involves governments, business, international organizations, but also citizens who can everyday make small but meaningful decisions in how they cook and what they eat."

So are you wondering what the first challenge is? To mitigate climate change by reducing one’s CO2 emissions (a.k.a. carbon footprint) while cooking. Create a recipe that does any of the following and you could have a winning entry:

  • Reduce food waste
  • Reduce energy consumption
  • Be more efficient when using water.
  • Preserve your produce.
  • Recycle or reuse packaging.
  • More details available here.

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