• Amsterdam * 18 - 21 June 2017

    Trust Lunchroom

    Robin Food at Nieuwe Anita June


    Stedelijk Restaurant

    Het Amsterdamse Proeflokaal

    Pension Homeland

    Skate Cafe

    StartUp Kitchen at Lola Lik

    June 21th - dinner

    Syrian Cuisine with Jihad Assad and all the team!

    A social impact driven food business incubator, where refugee food startups are able to grow their businesses in an accessible way. Located at The Bijlmer Bajes, it is focused to enable refugees to succeed by providing work space, professional equipment and a perfect breeding ground where these emerging food entrepreneurs get to show off their incredible talent, experience and skills while ...pursuing their passion and making a living.

    De Balie 

    June 20th, 21st - dinner

    Syrian Cuisine with Mohammed Adam


    Well-known platform and center for the freedom of speech, contemporary art, politics, culture, cinema and media, situated near the Leidseplein in the heart of Amsterdam, De Balie is hosting talkshows, cinema, art, debates and theatre, and mixes several points of view in a wayward and creative fashion.

    The Grand Café is a place to eat, drink, chat and work (feel free to use our open Wi-FI!). De Balie was founded in 1982 and is situated in the previous District Court.

  • For 2017 World Refugee Day, restaurants from all over Europe opened their kitchens to refugee cooks to change our perception of refugees and to make us discover international flavors. Special menus, degustations...





    JUNE 18TH 2017

    Chef Yamen Makhzoum prepared a vegetarian Syrian lunch which was served in the amazing and sunny TRUST Lunchroom atmosphere.


    JUNE 19TH 2017

    Chef Adnan Al-Sukkar cooked special syrian mezze for the occasion: hummus, tahini and a lot of delicious and vegetarian mezze.


    JUNE 19TH 2017

    Chef Mohammad Nour Eddin Al-Bittar and the fantastic Zest team prepared a delicious Syrian meal.


    JUNE 19TH & 20TH 2017

    Chef Kamal Naji prepared an incredibly fine and beautiful Syrian dinner, which was completed by a final touch: desert by Chef Yamen Makzhoum!


    20TH JUNE 2017

    Chef Yamen Makhzoum performed a cooking workshop and demonstration of Syrian dishes.


    Het Amsterdamse proeflokaal is a new Food Experience at Stadionplein: place to be for everyone who wants to taste Amsterdam!


    20TH JUNE 2017

    Chef Adnan Al-Sukkar prepared a delicious and fine Syrian meal in this amazing location with the view on water.


    20ST & 21ST JUNE 2017

    Chef Mohammed Adam prepared a three courses plancha to please the taste buds of De Balie's clients.


    21ST JUNE 2017

    Chef Jihad Assad and his team of Start-up Kitchen enchanted the courtyard of Lolalik with a Syrian barbecue and its mezzes.


    21ST JUNE 2017

    Chef Aya Al Nabul and Skate Cafe's chef prepared an excellent Syrian dinner served in the amazing Skate Café hangar and its terrace.

  • The chefs

    All Refugee Food Festival's invited chefs are confirmed cooks. They bet on cooking to succeed in their social and professional integration in their host country.

    The festival offers them a great opportunity to accelerate their professional integration, by putting forward their cooking skills!


    Would you like to get in touch with one of Refugee Food Festival's chefs for a special event?


    Yamen Makhzoum

    This athlete guy is an expert Chef who had cooked in 4 & 5 stars restaurants in Syria and Lebanon. He also worked as chef de Patisserie so he knows all the secrets of traditional Arabic sweets!

    From the last years on, he has been working as volunteer in some big catering activities and as a pop-up chef in The Netherlands. Enjoy his creativity and experience in every bite!

    Adnan Al-Sukkar

    Adnan is an energetic chef with 17 years of experience as a (chef) cook and a great passion for the job. Adnan knows not only the Syrian cuisine but also knows the secrets of the Italian, French, Mexican and Asian kitchen! He is looking forward to have you as one of his guests.


    Mohamed Nour Eddin Al-bittar

    Mohamed comes from Damascus and has a big passion for food. He likes to cook various types of Eastern cuisine ... and he also makes great pasta! Having cooked in restaurants in Damascus, Dubai and Egypt he is able to combine multiple flavors and create colorful dishes!

    Kamal Naji

    Food for the soul that comes out of the heart! Kamal worked as a chef in traditional Syrian restaurants and these days he cooks for a lot of organisations such as Amnesty International, the Food Festival Amsterdam and het Stoelenproject for homeless people. Kamal is a very passionate chef and cooks a broad variety on Arabic dishes.


    Aya Al Nabul

    Aya knows how to calculate in the kitchen since she worked as a Mathematics Teacher in Syria. Being a food lover, she cooks for big parties and weddings. Now she has the chance to show her cooking skills to you! Her dishes are full of flavour and love.

  • The Refugee Food Festival's mission

    After 2 successful editions in France, the citizen initiative expanded all over Europe.

    Athens, Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam, Florence, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Lille, Bordeaux, Milan, Bari, Rome will host the festival, and welcome chefs from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Somalia, and beyond in more than 70 restaurants.



    Behind each refugee, there is a passionate man or woman with precious talents!


    Professional integration

    Valorize skills and put refugee chefs in contact with a community of restaurants and engaged volunteers!



    The very best of world cuisines, combined to an amazing experience full of intercultural sharing!


    The Refugee Food Festival was created by citizens who wanted to mobilize the Parisian food scene, restaurants, local authorities, private businesses and various actors. Following the success of the first edition, Food Sweet Food with the support of UNHCR designed a methodology KIT to enable any citizen to organize a Refugee Food Festival in his/her city.

    Amsterdam's team

    Maria A. Fernandez Aja and Jantien van der Meer were leading the organisation of the festival from A to Z!

    In Amsterdam, the Festival was made possible by the commitment, enthusiasm and energy of those two ambassadors, UNHCR Nederland and many other great team members!

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