About Max La Manna
Low-waste chef Max La Manna’s recipe content and food shows have been seen by over 1 billion people.
Spending much of his childhood in his father’s quick-service restaurants and working late nights serving and cooking across New York City and LA, Max started cooking at the age of 15. Now, Max is a social media sensation with over 1.2 million followers across his social media accounts, where he shares ways that people can rethink their food consumption to make the most of the food we’re buying.
Through his viral recipe videos and work with BBC Earth and beyond, Max has inspired people across the world to rethink their approach to food consumption and made it his mission to breathe new life into our leftovers that are typically destined for the bin. Max’s recipes have been featured far and wide, including publications such as Vice, Vogue, The Sunday Times, BuzzFeed and The Guardian.
An award-winning author, Max’s debut cookbook was named Most Sustainable Cookbook in 2020 at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
Max has developed and presented several series with the BBC, for which he was nominated for Shorty Awards. He helmed BBC Earth’s 2020 series, Regeneration Food, which showcased how businesses, organisations and leaders are wasting less to reduce their carbon footprint.
Max was named Digital Creator of the Year at the 10th annual Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards in May 2022. As part of Zero Waste Week, Max appeared on BBC's Saturday Kitchen where he cooked live while offering tips on making your food go further.
(Max moved to the UK in 2019, where he currently lives with his wife and many, much-loved houseplants.)