One-day conference Great Taste – Zero Waste  aims to promote sustainable food culture and provide solutions to minimize food waste.


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October 12, 14.00–18.30 (GMT+3)

The conference will serve as a knowledge and experience exchange between the Nordics, the Baltics, and Poland — countries with different historical backgrounds and experiences when it comes to reducing food waste and optimal use of resources.


The event will bring together experts and stakeholders working in the fields of gastronomy, food, and waste reduction. Leading researchers and environmental NGO representatives from the Baltic Sea region will share the latest findings on food consumption and food waste. Possible solutions will be presented by the EIT Food community and other experts. The event will conclude with culinary conversations by Polish, Baltic, and Nordic top chefs. The focus will be on specific methods for reducing food waste which the participants will be able to implement in their future daily work.


If you have questions, do not hesitate to send them to the following e-mail address: maija@norden.lv 
All presentations and videos will be uploaded in this webpage after the end of the event.


Are you looking for new and creative ways to reduce your food waste?


This GREAT TASTE – ZERO WASTE TOOLKIT is created to help you reduce your food waste at home, making your cooking routines even greener – while still tasting great of course! We will introduce you to best practices, tips and tricks, recipes, quizzes and much more, all created and shared by our talented experts from around the Baltic Sea region. All so you can get cooking!


To help you remember, we recommend you print out our postcards and put them on your fridge – or share them with your friends and family.



Jakub Emanuel Malec


Executive Chef at the Novotel Warszawa Centrum hotel

Ewa Rzeszowska


Project Manager in EIT Food

Stefan Eriksson


Director of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia

Aleksandra Nizynska


Project Manager in CEE, EIT Food



Researcher at the Baltic Studies Centre



Advisor to the Nordic Council of Ministers in Latvia

Afton Halloran, PhD


Independent Consultant in Sustainable Food Systems Transitions

Flemming Stender


Ambassador of Denmark to Latvia



Researcher, Research Institute “BIOR”

Katarzyna Młynarczyk


Founder of Handelek - gastronomy concept in Poland, co-founder of Rebread

Simon Drewsen Holmberg


Director of the Danish Cultural Institute in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania



Member of the Council Lithuanian Chefs and Confectioners Association



Member of the Estonian Head Chefs Association

Renata Bade Barajas



Maciej Jagaciak


Polish Society for Futures Studies

Irina Bothmann

Maria Abrahamsen


Chefs @ Rub & Stub

Belousa, PhD


Coordinator of responsible food consumption and global education projects






H.E. Flemming Stender

The Danish Ambassador to Latvia


Simon Drewsen Holmberg

The Director of the Danish Cultural Institute in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania


Ewa Rzeszowska and Aleksandra Niżyńska

EIT Food representatives


Stefan Eriksson and Maija Kāle

Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia representatives



Latvian NGO Green Liberty research and project data about the food waste

by Inga Belousa

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FutureTrends of Food project

by Miķelis Grīviņš, PhD

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Food waste and food consumption patterns during the pandemic

by Inese Siksna

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EIT Food Foresight study and food waste in the Baltic Sea region

by Aleksandra Niżyńska

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Perspectives in preventing food waste in Poland by 2030

by Maciej Jagaciak, Polish Society for Futures Studies

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“Direction for the future restaurant – good practices” EIT Food research and summary of the Polish HoReCa representatives co-creative work

by Ewa Rzeszowska & Katarzyna Młynarczyk

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Fighting Food Waste From Farm to Table: The Rub & Stub Journey

by Maria Abrahamsen, Rub&Stub

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How can technology help us reduce food waste?

by Greenbites

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Novotel- Hotel chain chef implementing change

by Jakub Emanuel Malec


How far have we come in terms of reducing food waste?

by Mārtiņš Sirmais, Latvia: Chef, Co-owner of Restaurant 3 pavāri 


Aida Čepukaitė, Member of the council Lithuanian Chefs and Confectioners


Stella Kurik, Fotografiska Tallinn




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The event is organized by the Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Latvia, EIT Food, the Danish Cultural Institute in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, as well as the Danish Embassy in Latvia.


The Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Latvia works to promote Nordic-Latvian co-operation in areas of common interest. The conference is organized within the framework of their project Future Trends of Food in the Nordic-Baltic region.


EIT Food is Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, aiming to create a sustainable and future-proof food sector. The initiative is made up of a consortium of key industry players, startups, research centers, and European universities.


Great Taste – Zero Waste is a follow-up event, building on the success of the Great Taste – Zero Waste project which was hosted by the Danish Culture Institute and Danish Embassy in Latvia and took place in Riga in early 2020.