THE PROJECT AND ITS MISSIONS

 

BORN FROM A CITIZENS’ INITIATIVE, THE REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL IS AN ANNUAL ITINERANT PROJECT ALLOWING RESTAURANT OWNERS TO OPEN THEIR KITCHENS TO REFUGEE CHEFS. THE FIRST REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL, FOUNDED BY THE FOOD SWEET FOOD ASSOCIATION 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 on the refugee status.

ACCELERATE

Refugee cooks’ socio-professional integration through training and a community of committed chefs and restaurant owners.

RALLY

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

FESTIVALS

Every year around June 20th (World Refugee Day), the Refugee Food Festival thrives to be a uniting and gourmet event allowing to change views on the refugee status, foster socio-professional integration of refugees through food and get citizens together for tasty meals.

Go back to previous festivals
In 2016 and 2017, the Refugee Food Festival brought together 15 European cities, 20,000 committed citizens, and more than a hundred chefs and restaurants.
2018 - Refugee Food Festival
Discover the program of the Refugee Food Festival which took place last June in Paris, Lille, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Amsterdam, Athens, Bologna, Brussels, Madrid, Cape Town, New York City and San Francisco!
Join the project
You want to organize a Refugee Food Festival in a new city or join an existing team? Contact us to consult the methodological kit we developed with the support of the innovation unit of UNHCR.

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OUR OTHER ACTIVITIES

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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CATERING SERVICES

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

OUR RESTAURANT: LA RÉSIDENCE

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 REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL IN SCHOOL CANTEENS

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
A FEW KEY FIGURES
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Committed citizens
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Supported chefs
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Participating cities
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Partner restaurants

THE CHEFS WHO SUPPORT THE REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL

From the neighborhood canteen to the Michelin-star restaurants, more than 200 chefs are involved in the Refugee Food Festival, we thank them warmly!

Stéphane Jégo (L’Ami Jean – Paris 7e), Michel et César Troisgros (Maison Troisgros – Ouches), Olivier et Hugo Roellinger, Bertrand Grébaut (Septime et Clamato – Paris 11e), Maxime Bonnabry-Duval (permanent executive chef Refettorio Paris), Walid Sahed (Les Pantins), 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 11e), Riccardo Ferrante, Juan & Lucia,  Florent Ciccoli (Le Café du Coin – Paris 11e), Hubert Vergoin (Substrat – Lyon 4e), 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.