Skip to main content
SLU publication database (SLUpub)

Research article2024Peer reviewedOpen access

Transforming the Food System through Sustainable Gastronomy - How Chefs Engage with Food Democracy

Richardson, Leah; Fernqvist, Fredrik


The global food system contributes significantly to climate change and environmental degradation. New dynamics are needed to sustainably transform the system. Using the theoretical frames of food democracy and a food systems approach, interviews were conducted with ten chefs practicing sustainable gastronomy with the aim of determining their contribution to the system transition and their practices in this process. Results show that the chefs use the principles of food democracy to engage and motivate people, find new forms of collaboration and ways to promote sustainable food practices, and improve food values and sustainable food behaviors.


Sustainable gastronomy; chef; food democracy; food system; food citizenship; sustainability transformation

Published in

Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
2024, Volume: 19, number: 2, pages: 260-276

    Sustainable Development Goals

    End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
    Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
    Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

    UKÄ Subject classification

    Food Science

    Publication identifier


    Permanent link to this page (URI)