About FUEGOS

FUEGOS – Fundación para los Emprendimientos Gastronómicos y las Oportunidades Sostenibles, or in English: Foundation for Culinary Enterprises and Sustainable Opportunities, is a civil society, non-profit organization. FUEGOS seeks to turn culinary endeavors into a driving force for social transformation that contributes to sustainable development and equity in all its forms in both Ecuador and the rest of Latin America.

Our Goals

✓  To promote healthy eating habits and responsible consumption

✓ To encourage sustainable production practices and to conserve biodiversity

✓ To promote culinary entrepreneurship which stimulates local economies and contributes to social inclusion

To strengthen the local population’s cultural identity through the recovery and revaluation of regional cuisine

Food for Change

The “Food for Change in Manabí" initiative seeks to transform the tragedy left behind by the April 2016 earthquake into an opportunity to release the creative force of the people and build more inclusive, resilient and innovative communities, as well as sustainable futures for all, regardless of gender.

RESTAURANT – FOOD AND

HOSPITALITY SCHOOL ICHE

The Restaurant - Food and Hospitality School is named "ICHE", a word from an ancestral Manabí language, that refers to the area’s most delicious delicacies: corviche, ceviche, viche, among others.

"ICHE" is a Food and Hospitality School that:
- Trains youth, prioritizing women.
- Teaches about sustainable farming and fishing, as well as cooking, nutrition, entrepreneurship and hospitality.

"ICHE" is a Restaurant that:
- Serves as an internship opportunity for students
- Facilitates meetings between lovers of good food who are passionate about social transformation
- Acts as an 'Incubator' to nurture and inspire other restaurants and eateries to use local and healthy products

Iche Food Innovation Lab

The Iche Food Innovation Lab is designed as a technologically equipped space to co-create new ways to both value traditional food and to innovate upon it, always based on the culinary culture of Manabí.

Many different actors in the culinary ecosystem with the aim of adding value will identify the potential of specific local foods and dishes that is not presently being tapped.

The students in the Food School will co-create culinary innovations with experts in food science and enterprises. Each potential initiative will be investigated for its feasibility, using sensory testing, shelf life testing and quality control.

FOOD

ECOSYSTEM

FUEGOS intends to contribute to the establishment of an Ecosystem for open and inclusive innovation, bringing together collaboration from State institutions, civil society organizations, international cooperation agencies, the private sector, international humanitarian and development organizations and academic entities from Ecuador and the rest of the world.

In this way, traditional knowledge is valued and empowered along with science and technology in order to ensure that Manabí is a province that innovates by harnessing its culinary identity.

Our Team

FUEGOS aims to share the flavors of Manabí with the rest of the planet and create a space in which cooks and young people from Manabí and the rest of the world get together to exchange knowledge and experiences, to identify opportunities for join learning and to create new endeavors and flavors.

ORAZIO BELLETTINI CEDEÑO
MICHELLE O. FRIED
MARTIN LAURENT DICKLER

ADVISORY BOARD

FUEGOS’ Advisory Board is made up of people from many different walks of life who share both the passion and conviction that food can be a driving force to bring about social change.

JAN KRAG JACOBSEN
LIBERTAD REGALADO ESPINOZA
MARIANO VALDERRAMA LEÓN
CAROLINA SÁNCHEZ

Partners

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