1st Edition

The Sustainable Chef The Environment in Culinary Arts, Restaurants, and Hospitality

By Stefan Gössling, C. Michael Hall Copyright 2022
    344 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    344 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides the first systematic and accessible text for students of hospitality and the culinary arts that directly addresses how more sustainable restaurants and commercial food services can be achieved.

    Food systems receive growing attention because they link various sustainability dimensions. Restaurants are at the heart of these developments, and their decisions to purchase regional foods, or to prepare menus that are healthier and less environmentally problematic, have great influence on food production processes. This book is systematically designed around understanding the inputs and outputs of the commercial kitchen as well as what happens in the restaurant from the perspective of operators, staff and the consumer. The book considers different management approaches and further looks at the role of restaurants, chefs and staff in the wider community and the positive contributions that commercial kitchens can make to promoting sustainable food ways.

    Case studies from all over the world illustrate the tools and techniques helping to meet environmental and economic bottom lines. This will be essential reading for all students of hospitality and the culinary arts.

    1. Introduction: the advantages of a sustainable kitchen

    2. Where does our food come from?

    3. Climate-friendly food

    4. Local foods

    5. Organic food

    6. Sustainable foods: the importance of standards and certification

    7. Purchasing strategies and supply chains

    8. Healthy and sustainable foods

    9. Menu marketing, portions and presentation

    10. Making the most of your food; nose-to-tail and leaf-to-root eating, and packaging

    11. Efficient restaurants and kitchens

    12. The intelligent kitchen: using management systems to promote sustainability

    13. Minimizing waste: technology and management

    14. Minimizing waste: behaviour

    15. The restaurant in the community

    16. Conclusions and futures: expanding the restaurants and foodservice sustainability menu


    Stefan Gossling is a Professor in the Department of Service Management and Service Studies, Lund University, Sweden, as well as the School of Business and Economics, Linnaeus University, Sweden. He is also the research coordinator for tourism studies at the Western Norway Research Institute. He is interested in the sustainability of food, owns a farm and has made various attempts at running a restaurant that have made him aware of the many difficulties entrepreneurs face in implementing sustainable practices.

    C. Michael Hall is a Professor in the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, Docent in Geography, University of Oulu, Finland, a Visiting Professor in Tourism at Linnaeus University, Sweden, and a Guest Professor in the Department of Service Management and Service Studies, Lund University, Sweden, and the Department of Food, Nutrition and Culinary Science, Umea University, Sweden. He has written widely on tourism, regional development, policy, World Heritage, global environmental change and food, as well as growing tree crops on his family’s regenerative farming property.