@thebabbucce London based Chef Gabriele Davare is sharing his vision on sustainability and food with some sustainable recipes too! In the middle of a second lockdown, we were thinking of something that truly makes us happy and that we can do at home: cooking! When you can mix sustainability and food, it cannot get better. So we “zoomed” with Chef Gabriele Davare from his kitchen to get some advice on cooking some comforting yet sustainable recipes. On that occasion we asked him a few questions to get to know Gabriele a little bit better. Where are you from and where in the world are you now? I’ve just moved to London Fields next to Broadway Market but originally I’m from a small town surrounded by nature called Angolo Terme, near Lake Iseo in North Italy. In which restaurant are you currently working? I’m currently working for “Wolf” a modern Italian restaurant, and on request as a Private Chef for household. Do you create your own recipes? How do you proceed? I like to work and make up recipes with what the seasons offer us. Usually I come up with recipes and different methods, I write them down into my notebook and then, back in the kitchen I try to experiment and turn them into reality. I especially love working with vegetables and products from organic farms. Each time I have the opportunity to go back to Italy, I enjoy visiting small farmers or even going into nature to look for wild herbs and vegetables. Then back at home, I would cook dishes combining the flavours of my region together. Where do you get inspiration from? Food is life and it is a pleasure to share it with people around me. I always cook with love. I grew up with my grandmother Rachele, I remember her making handmade ravioli called “Casoncelli” and everyday she was cooking and taking good care of us. I think she is one of my greatest aspirations. Also London had a big impact on me. When I arrived in the UK back in 2014, there were many types of cuisines, spices and flavours that I had never tried before. London allowed me to explore new tastes that I would have never discovered if I had stayed in my hometown. What does sustainability mean to you? The economy, society, and the environment. We need to safeguard our future. I remember a few words from Sir David Attenborough about sustainability which completely resonate to my vision of it: “We just have to do what nature has always done. It worked out the secret of life long ago. In this world, a species can only thrive when everything else around it thrives too. We can solve the problems we now face by embracing this reality. If we take care of nature, nature will take care of us”. Any advice on how to be sustainable in our kitchen at home? There are many advice I can think of. Definitely store food properly, always shop with a plan, buy local and shop products that are in season. Get creative by repurposing leftovers, also save vegetable scraps for broth and try to use everything “root to stem” and “nose to tail” as a cooking method. What is your favourite sustainable recipe? A simple but difficult question for me, I don’t have a favourite recipe, or a favourite dish, I get inspiration every day, I love all types of cuisines. Here are some few simple recipes and methods I put together for you guys so you too you can cook sustainable recipes: Gabriele Davare Credits: Recipes created by Gabriele Davare. Interview conducted by Jane Marle.