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Former papal chef and Swiss Guard works to eliminate food waste in new cooking show

When writing his first cookbook at 18 years old, David Geisser never would have imagined where his creativity and faith would take him. He seemingly became famous overnight, before he became a Swiss Guard and a chef for Pope Francis.

Former Swiss Guard, Chef
“I think this was one of the biggest honors for me to cook for the Holy Father. At first I cooked for him, after I had lunch with him in a private area. We ate one or two hours together, and it was great.”

He says his career is more to him than just cooking. Rather, it's being a witness to his faith, which he is able to live out even more in his new personal cooking show. 

Former Swiss Guard, Chef
“I think it means to be a Catholic chef, that we have a responsibility for the world. That we stay in the light and that we show our way and how we do our life. We said yes, we aren't afraid to show that.”

Part of that testimony is his own personal mission to eliminate food waste. In his kitchen, he said nothing is ever thrown out, but reused in various dishes. 

Former Swiss Guard, Chef
“It's very important that because here in Europe or in Switzerland, you can go to the supermarket. We can buy what we like, and in other countries, they don't have this possibility. I think with the food in Europe, we could feed the whole world and for this, I think we have really make sure we don't throw this food away.”

Instead of throwing the food away, his goal is to give it away to all those who are most in need. In Europe alone, 88 million tons of food are wasted every year, 53 percent coming from households. 

He asserts if everyone does their part, waste will diminish and even more delicious food can be created for everyone.

Melissa Butz