When sous chef Josua Fernando was growing up in Argentina, his mom didn’t have much money, so she would often make him the healthiest meals he could afford: stir fry and rice. But while access to a healthy diet has improved greatly over the past decades – particularly for low-income people – Fernando still cooks by the standards his mother was used to, which can be anything from root vegetables to spicy eggplant dishes.
The problem is that not everybody has the same options, or an incentive to change, and Fernando and his colleagues at the Culinary Institute of America think that this lack of access to nutritious food is one of the biggest hurdles to controlling childhood obesity and diabetes.
That’s where the startup Everytable comes in. Launched earlier this year, the website, app and site provides recipes for healthy meals to people, ideas for healthy places to eat, and guides on healthy eating and exercise. “It’s kind of like an Airbnb for healthy food,” says Fernando.
A lot of people don’t like feeling guilty about what they’re eating because healthy things are expensive, or because they’ve been eating unhealthy things because eating healthy isn’t easy.
The Next Big Food Thing is about breaking that cycle, and says that it’s working to find partnerships with restaurants, cafés, and grocery stores so that they can include their recipes in Everytable’s recipes for making affordable, nutritious meals. It’s also started working with schools so that they can create recipes that will teach children to eat healthy, and is working with people like Fernando in cities who can provide resources to local families who want to eat healthy.
“We want to build the future. People are tired of their food system,” says Fernando. “We’re doing all we can to provide the culture, creativity, and success to fast food joints and fast food restaurants that use unhealthy ingredients to give the next generation access to healthy foods.”