Chef Ambassadors

Can three famous restaurant owners (and brothers) help the U.N. end hunger?

The three brothers behind El Celler de Can Roca—which Restaurant Magazine rated the best restaurant in the world last year—are now working with the U.N. Joan, Jodi and Josep Roca were named Goodwill Ambassadors for the United Nations Development Program last week, reports The New Yorker.

Taking some time away from their $300 a person restaurant in Girano, Spain, where reservations made a year in advance are a must, the trio will work to help execute the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals, which include making "hunger, unemployment, inequality, and climate change are a thing of the past" by 2030.

"We cannot leave anyone without access to food," the brothers write in a post on the UNDP's blog. "Healthy, nutritious food contributes to creating prosperity. We must secure a food chain that is environmentally sustainable, socially just and economically inclusive and that ensures access to food for all."

The brothers, who learned to cook working in their parents' restaurant, plan to offer culinary training through the program and help impart sustainable farming practices to communities in need. In the same post they add:

 

 

The three brothers are exceptionally well traveled. Each year they close the restaurant for five weeks to explore culinary destinations with their staff. While the research for a new and inventive dish (like a sheep's milk-infused cotton candy that they developed after a trip to Turkey) are wildly different than this work, we can only help that all of that travel will help them with their U.N. work.