Kenichi Narita is a man with a question: How can Japan eradicate food waste?

When Narita was still in high school, he was diagnosed with cancer, and he says that the kindness and warmth shown to him in the hospital helped him pull through. While recovering, he decided he would dedicate his life to supporting those in need, and food — making it, serving it, delivering it — became the main vehicle for him to “pay it back.”

Subsequent work as a cook and restaurant owner also showed him the other side of the coin — how much food we routinely waste.