Chefs’ Manifesto

GROW HQ is proudly the Irish hub for Chefs’ Manifesto. The SDG2 Advocacy Hub aims to build a community of chefs around the world, equipped with a simple set of actions to drive progress against the food issues that matter most to them. Working together we can help deliver a better food system for all. Join us.

What Is The Chefs' Manifesto?

The Chefs’ Manifesto is an action plan established on the idea that chefs can be powerful advocates for a better food future – inspiring people to make changes in their kitchens and communities and empowering them to call on governments and companies to also play their part. Did you know that over 40% of our populations dines out at least once a week? Think about the impact that chefs have on consumers on a daily basis. The SDG2 Advocacy Hub has worked with 900+ chefs from 80 countries all over the world to create The Chefs’ Manifesto.

Bridging The Gap Between Farm and Fork

The Chefs’ Manifesto empowers chefs with a framework tied to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This framework gives chefs the tools to focus on eight thematic areas, including ingredients grown with respect for the earth and its oceans, protection of biodiversity and animal welfare, reducing waste, a celebration of local, seasonal food and making nutritious food accessible and affordable to all.

We think chefs can be powerful advocates for a better food future – inspiring people to make changes in their kitchens and communities and empowering them to call on governments and companies to also play their part.


What We Do At GROW HQ?

  1. We have closed the door on food waste completely. Any waste that we may have in the kitchen is now used as compost for growing our delicious food in our gardens. Food goes full circle here at GROW HQ from ground to plate and back to ground again.
  2. As you know, we grow our food here on site and believe in very low food miles – any food that is supplied to our café comes from local producers. Our specials & menus are ever changing due to seasonality.
  3. All of the products in our shop are sustainable & eco-friendly. We stock products designed to help our customers become that bit more eco-conscious and sustainable in their own lives.
  4. Education is key, we educate our customers on the importance of knowing where their food comes from, growing food and how to cook that food. This has been achieved previously through our courses hosted at HQ and currently through our online courses and our television series GROW COOK EAT.

Chefs’ Manifesto Irish Action Hub Gathering – Respect for the Ocean

The ocean drives global systems that make the Earth habitable for man. Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. Managing this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future. However, right now, there is a continuing deterioration of coastal waters due to pollution, the acid levels in the ocean is having a negative effect on our ecosystems and biodiversity. This, in turn, is also negatively impacting small scale fisheries. Saving our ocean must remain a priority. Marine biodiversity is critical to the health of people and our planet.
In this webinar, taking place on 12 and 13 April from 11am to 1pm and featuring a series of speakers including a local fisherman, a marine biologist, chefs, a sea salt producer, fishmonger and more, we will delve into this topic in detail to discuss how we as chefs, in our own kitchens, can begin and continue to respect the sea.