Born from a citizens’ initiative, the Refugee Food Festival is an annual project allowing restaurant owners to open their kitchens to refugee chefs. The first Refugee Food Festival, founded by the Food Sweet Food charity with the support of the UN Agency for Refugees, took place in Paris in June 2016.

The annual festival and other year-long activities developed by Food Sweet Food aim to accomplish 3 missions:

CHANGE

Perceptions around the welcoming of refugees and refugee status.

ACCELERATE

The integration of refugee chefs through training and a community of committed chefs and restaurant owners.

RALLY

Civil society, and get citizens together around the dinner table, a universal place of peace and equality.

CALENDAR

THE ANNUAL FESTIVAL

Every year, around 20th June (World Refugee Day), refugees, chefs and citizens come together to participate in the Refugee Food Festival. This gourmet event aims to foster socio-professional integration of refugees, change perceptions and unite citizens around the dinner table.

Refugee Food Festival 2016 and 2017
In 2016 and 2017, the Refugee Food Festival brought together 15 European cities, 20,000 committed citizens, and more than 100 chefs and restaurants.
Refugee Food Festival 2018
Discover the programme for the Refugee Food Festival which took place in Paris, Lille, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Amsterdam, Athens, Bologna, Brussels, Madrid, Cape Town, New York City and San Francisco!
Join the project
Interested in organising a Refugee Food Festival in a new city or joining an existing team? Take a look at the toolkit developed with the support of UNHCR’s Innovation Unit here.

REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL’S YEAR-LONG PROGRAMS

In France, beyond the annual festival, we test and develop activities all year long to foster the socio-professional integration of the festival’s cooks: catering services, culinary events, cooking shows, cooking workshops, conferences and testimonials.

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THE CATERING SERVICES • BY REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL

Through catering services and cooking events (cooking shows, workshops and cooking classes), the festival's chefs acquire new experiences and build their professional network.

THE RESTAURANT • BY REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL

First ever Parisian restaurant and training place dedicated to refugee cooks, La Résidence welcomes a new refugee chef to run its kitchen every 2 to 6 months. Located in the heart of Ground Control, Paris (12), it gives chefs the opportunity to work on their professional project, under the kind patronage of chefs Stéphane Jego (L'Ami Jean) and Mohammad Elkhaldy.

THE EVENTS • BY REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL

In order to raise awareness on the refugee cause, educate about the refugee status and encourage refugee integration, we thrive to valorize the chefs' cultural (including culinary) heritages.

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ALGANESH TADESE

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Hussam Khodary

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Hannibal Tewelde

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Magda Gegenava

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Sara Unatu

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Ahmed Alkarkoshi

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Mohammad Elkhaldy

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Nabil Attar

THE REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL
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THE CHEFS WHO SUPPORT THE REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL

From neighbourhood canteens to Michelin-star restaurant, more than 200 chefs are involved in the Refugee Food Festival, and we thank them all enormously!

Stéphane Jégo (L’Ami Jean – Paris), Michel et César Troisgros (Maison Troisgros – Ouches), Olivier et Hugo Roellinger, Bertrand Grébaut (Septime et Clamato – Paris), Maxime Bonnabry-Duval (permanent executive chef Refettorio Paris), Walid Sahed (Les Pantins – Pantin), Chef Simon, Kamal Mouzawak (founder of Make Food Not War NGO), Antoine Westermann (Le Coq Rico – New York), Viviana Varese, Riccardo Ferrante, Juan & Lucia,  Florent Ciccoli (Le Café du Coin – Paris), Hubert Vergoin (Substrat – Lyon), Hadrien Lavaud (Le Taquin – Bordeaux), Arthur Audibert (L’Alchimiste – Bordeaux) …

The Refugee Food Festival is a citizens’ initiative created by Food Sweet Food and supported by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.