Carlo Petrini

@ Slow Food

Carlo Petrini is an Italian gastronomist, sociologist, and activist, and President and Founder of Slow Food. In the early 1980s, he founded the Italian food and wine association Arcigola, which eventually grew into Slow Food International. The organization now counts around 100,000 members in over 160 countries. In 2004, he founded the University of Gastronomic Sciences, an institute providing holistic education around food, linking gastronomy with agriculture. He wrote culinary articles in several Italian newspapers’ columns including La Stampa and L’Unità, and has become a regular contributor to La Repubblica since 2007. In 2004, he was named “European Hero” in the Innovator category by Time Magazine. In 2013, he was awarded the Champions of the Earth Award by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for his efforts in advocating for a more sustainable agriculture and food supply worldwide.