The late celebrity chef declared a war on food wastage in the documentary, airing on SBS.

23 Mar 2018 - 5:16 PM  UPDATED 30 May 2019 - 1:27 PM

LOS ANGELES ( - The way food is wasted around the world was a matter close to Anthony Bourdain's heart - so he made a documentary about it. 

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste was produced by the Parts Unknown host and the Rockefeller Foundation, and will screen on SBS on Sunday 2 June 2019. 

The movie aims to shed light on the grim numbers that show how much food is thrown away every year. Statistics indicate that approximately 1.3 billion tonnes, or one-third of all man-made food, perishes instead of being used to feed the hungry. In the United States, families trash about one-fourth of the food they buy, at a cost of US$1,365 to US$2,275 a year, according to research from the Rockefeller Foundation.

The New York-based philanthropic organisation has made eradicating food waste one of its primary missions -- in 2017, it launched a $130 million, seven-year initiative to deal with the issue. "Food waste is a problem that affects people and the planet, yet food waste is also a problem we can solve," said Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation. "Wasted! The Story of Food Waste will show how everyone can make changes to minimise what we throw away."

The documentary also features chefs from around the world offering their perspectives -- including Italian restaurateur Massimo Bottura; New York author and chef Dan Barber, who co-owns Blue Hill restaurants; and San Francisco-based Danny Bowien, who co-founded Mission Chinese Food.

Watch Wasted!: The Story of Food Waste

SBS: 8.40pm Sunday 2 June
SBS On Demand: After broadcast