Heaps of food are thrown to waste daily, especially from restaurants, supermarkets, and hotels. With the public’s increasing awareness of food waste, these establishments are encouraged to take action to stop this problem. Jamal Al Breiki, a chef and owner of food delivery service Chef J Gourmet, decided to do just that.
He started a community project called “Doggie Bag Initiative.” Its goal is to provide food for stray dogs in shelters by using the leftovers from several hotels. Chef Al Breiki was able to put this in motion with the help of the Abu Dhabi hotel Fairmont Bab Al Bahr. They decided to do a test run of the project just recently to see if the dogs will like it. The hotel donated lavish brunch leftover foods to Chef Al Breiki which were then sent to Springbrook kitchen for mincing.
The leftovers were carefully sorted before being sent to an industrial grinder. Ingredients that are identified as health hazards to pooches such as bones, cheese, sauces, desserts, and spices were excluded. Chef Al Breiki made sure that the food scraps were only composed of fish, meat, vegetables and rice.
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The processed leftovers were transported to Cloud 9, a pet hotel and vet surgery that looks after stray dogs and cats. The result of the test run was a big success as the dogs in the shelter gleefully feasted on the food. The pooches were able to consume 66 pounds of the leftovers that were sent to them.
The positive outcome of the Doggie Bag Initiative has attracted the attention and enticed other hotels to join the good cause. Chef Al Breiki also posted on Facebook encouraging all restaurants and hotels to take part in the project. He teamed up with Animal Action UAE to broaden the program’s reach to make sure that they are able to help as many stray animals as possible.