17th – 21st June

From June 17th to 21st, 7 restaurants in Brussels entrusted their kitchens to refugee chefs for a unique and delicious experience. Four hands menus or carte blanche: this cooking collaboration allowed more than 800 people to discover flavors from elsewhere. Talented refugee chefs were able to introduce their cultural and culinary heritage to the guests around the table, a place of universal peace and equality.

CABERDOUCHE • Omar & Shahla Alshawi

JUNE 17th – Brunch

This cosy restaurant welcomed Omar & Shahla Alshawi for a delicious Syrian brunch. For the occasion, Syrian chefs were able to introduce their food specialties: salads, mezze and other amazing recipes.

CHEZ FRANZ • Abdellbaset Alheeshan

JUNE 18th – Dinner

At Franz, a little charming restaurant, guest chef Abdellbaset Alheeshan cooked a Syrian dinner. 


LE MESS • Majid Akbari

JUNE 19th and 21st – Lunch & Dinner

Le Mess welcomed Majid Akbari, Iranian chef, on June 19th and 21st for unique lunches and dinners! Guests were able to discover a fine and tasty cuisine and unknown Iranian specialties.

HORTENSE & HUMUS • Cyrille Sowanou Kodjo

JUNE 20th and 21st – Dinner

The restaurant welcomed Cyrille Sowanou Kodjo for a delicious menu.


RACINES BRUXELLES • Abdulrahman Al-Jasem

JUNE 20th – Dinner

The restaurant Racines Brussels welcomed Abdulrahman Al-Jasem for a great Syrian menu!

LE LOCAL • Munir Zaitouni

JUNE 20th – Dinner

For the Refugee Food Festival, and on this World Refugee Day, Le Local welcomed Munir Zaitouni. They realised a delicious collaboration for an amazing Syrian menu. 

CHEZ RICHARD • Elias Edlbi

JUNE 21st – Closing Party

This cosy bar and restaurant welcomed Elias Edlbi for a special mixology evening that will make you travel! Elias realised amazing cocktails with Syrian flavours and spices! A true discovery, for some original and delicious cocktails.


For Brussels edition closing party, Elias Eldbi, Syrian mixologist, did prowess at Chez Richard, for an event with Syrian accents. Amazing cocktails with Syrian spices made the participants travel!


Raphaël, Julie, Sarah and Anne-Claire organised the Refugee Food Festival in Brussels this year.
In Brussels, this event was made possible thanks to the commitment, enthusiasm and energy of these four project holders and UNHCR Brussels!


This year, more than a dozen of our favorite Brussels addresses have opened their kitchens to refugee chefs, for an ever more tasty and solidarity edition!

In Brussels, the friends of the Refugee Food Festival were able to discover a varied program and gourmet menus prepared by talented chefs: carte blanche, four-handed menus… Unprecedented collaborations that made you travel!

So friends of the Refugee Food Festival, see you next year! And prepare your forks!




La Fondation BNP Paribas, we thank you warmly for your support.