Gourmet Traveller (Australia) - - Restaurant awards -

“I be­lieve there are two kinds of peo­ple in the world,” says waste ac­tivist and restau­ra­teur Joost Bakker, a past re­cip­i­ent of this award and an OzHar­vest am­bas­sador. “Peo­ple who live, and peo­ple who change the way we live. Ronni Kahn is def­i­nitely one of those rare peo­ple who is truly a game-changer. Dy­namic, driven, highly in­tel­li­gent and most im­por­tantly street-smart.

“What im­presses me most is her abil­ity to cut through bu­reau­cratic bull­shit while also un­der­stand­ing that change takes time. Pa­tiently grind­ing away at those en­ergy-sap­ping pro­cesses that would make al­most any­one else give up in de­spair.

“To­day it’s hard for us to com­pre­hend how dif­fi­cult it re­ally was to sim­ply res­cue food – an idea so sim­ple, pure, log­i­cal and prac­ti­cal, an idea that just makes sense. Be­fore Ronni’s work this was a le­gal mine­field, made so by a raft of dif­fer­ent leg­is­la­tion in dif­fer­ent states around Aus­tralia.

“Ronni’s pas­sion comes from deep. Her fam­ily are, I be­lieve, a cat­a­lyst for her work, and fuel her mo­ti­va­tion for im­prov­ing the world. To date, more than 60 mil­lion meals have been cre­ated for the peo­ple who need it most, made with 20,000 tonnes of food waste in­ter­cepted by her bril­liant or­gan­i­sa­tion, OzHar­vest.

“I also be­lieve Ronni’s abil­ity to ac­cess peo­ple head­ing up some of Aus­tralia’s largest com­pa­nies and make them aware of the com­pound­ing and mas­sive ef­fect tiny changes can have has also re­sulted in over­hauls to sys­tems that not only re­duce food waste, but also the non-food waste gen­er­ated by ex­ist­ing food sys­tems, such as plas­tic bags.

“Ronni’s story is a bril­liant ex­am­ple of what can be achieved with per­se­ver­ance. OzHar­vest’s mo­men­tum con­tin­ues to build, and I can’t wait to see her ideas grow and cre­ate an even more pos­i­tive ef­fect, and in the process feed the peo­ple in our com­mu­nity who des­per­ately need it.”

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