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Food for Change

Food for change

85 near-extinct products approved to the Ark of Taste

Relais & Châteaux and Slow Food join forces to preserve biodiversity and culinary heritage.

For the first time in Relais & Chateaux history, the association unites to add local, endangered products to Slow Food’s Ark of Taste. In order to protect and preserve these Ark of Taste products, some need to be rediscovered and put back on the table while others need to rest and regenerate. In both cases, producers need to be supported and have their stories told. So from 7-10 October, Relais & Châteaux chefs will raise awareness to their guests of the near-extinct foods that they nominated.


A Cheese from the Alps Saint James Paris - Julien Dumas
Emblem of Chianti Arnolfo Ristorante - Gaetano Trovato
Seeds of Rajasthan SUJÁN - Jaisal Singh
The Apple of Sonoma SingleThread - Kyle Connaughton


Created in 1996, Slow Food’s Ark of Taste is an online catalogue of over 5500 foods (plant varieties, animal breeds and traditional processed products such as cheeses, cured meats, breads, sweets, etc.) from small-scale quality production. The Ark of Taste is an authority on biodiversity charting edible history, and it creates an invaluable connection between small producers, chefs, academics, consumers and policymakers. As an international reference, it preserves culinary heritage and biodiversity for the future of our food systems.

« Biodiversity is not only genetic, but also cultural; it comes from and belongs to the heritage and traditions of the entire planet » Slow Food president, Carlo Petrini.

Slow Food has approved 85 products proposed by Relais & Châteaux members in 28 countries

The nominations had to undergo a strict evaluation process through 20 technical committees, Slow Food’s Content and Projects Hub and the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo before being approved to the Ark of Taste.


North America
South America


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