REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL PARIS

Paris has already hosted three editions of the Refugee Food Festival. Epicenter of the project, the first edition in 2016 brought together 12 restaurants and 8 refugee cooks. This is the beginning of a great adventure: the meetings are done naturally, the collaborations between chefs give wonderful dishes, hundreds of people hasten to book, and guest cooks found a part of dignity.

A few weeks later, dozens of European citizens have contacted the founders to organize a Refugee Food Festival in their cities …

In 2017 and 2018, the city, once again, hosted the festival and a total of 29 restaurants and 24 refugee chefs took part, in order to change the way this status is viewed, and to introduce Parisians to flavors from elsewhere.

In 2019, the Refugee Food Festival is coming back next June in Paris, with a wonderful program ! Stay tuned !

Paris 2019

The Refugee Food Festival will come back in Paris in June 2019 for the 4th year in a row!
A dozen Parisian restaurants will host talented refugee chefs, for wonderful collaborations!

The full program will come soon …

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Paris 2018

From June 16th to 24th, 14 Parisian restaurants entrusted their kitchens to refugee chefs. With four-handed menus or carte blanche, these cooking collaborations allowed more than 1,500 people to discover flavors from Syria, Chad, Chechnya or Georgia.

THROWBACK TO THE REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL PARIS • 2018

LES GRANDS VOISINS – L’ORATOIRE (75014)  • Fariza Faridova • Chechen cuisine

June 16th • Dinner

Emmanuelle Lavaur, chef of the restaurant l’Oratoire at Les Grands Voisins welcomed Fariza Faridova for a dinner with Chechen accents!

LA TRAVERSÉE  (75018)  • Haitam Karajay • Syrian cuisine

June 18th • Brunch

Charles Neyers and Haitam Karajay were in the kitchen for a Franco-Syrian brunch at the restaurant La Traversée. Delicious mezzés, kefta and creative desserts were on the menu.

LES PÈRES POPULAIRES (75020) • Tallafe Dougouche Mitchella • Chadian cuisine

June 17th • Dinner

The legendary restaurant Les Pères Pop’ participated again in the festival and welcomed the chef Tallafe to discover the delicious flavors of Chad.

LA MAISON DE L’AMÉRIQUE LATINE (75007) • Manal • Syrian cuisine

From June 19th to 22nd • Lunch

Chef Thierry Vaissière prepared with Manal Al Jaouni Al Aswad, Syrian chef, a Syrian menu in the kitchen of La Maison de l’Amérique Latine, in the heart of Paris.

LE CAFE DU COIN (75011) • Mahassen Dib • Syrian cuisine

June 18th • Lunch

Mahassen, Syrian chef concocted a traditional Syrian menu with Florent Ciccoli, chef at Café du coin, close to Place Voltaire. 

LES ARTIZANS (75001) • Elena • Ukrainian pastries

June 20th

Pastry chef Mathieu Mandard and Ukrainian pastry chef Elena Golodnykh prepared a unique pastry on the occasion of World Refugee Day. This creation was available at Artizans, the famous street address Montorgueil.

L’AMI JEAN (75007) • Magda Gegenava • French-Georgian cuisine

June 19th • Lunch and dinner

Stéphane Jégo, faithful sponsor of the Refugee Food Festival, welcomed Magda Gegenava in his kitchens for an amazing Franco-Georgian gastronomy.

 

LE CIEL DE PARIS  • Mohamad Elkhaldy • Syrian cuisine

June 20th • Lunch

Franco-Syrian collaboration between chefs Christophe Marchais and Mohamad Elkhaldy on the roof of Paris.

JOURNÉE MONDIALE DU RÉFUGIÉ • GROUND CONTROL

June 20th

Exhibition, conference, virtual visit of a refugee camp… For this evening, the United Nations Refugee Agency has proposed many activities to raise awareness of the reception of refugees at Ground Control.
Magda Gegenava, chef at La Résidence of the Refugee Food Festival, has proposed a Georgian menu for the occasion.

REV (Montreuil) • Keshar Sharma • Indian cuisine

June 21st • Dinner

Indian chef Keshar Sharma was in the kitchen of the restaurant REV. He proposed a delicate vegetarian Indian cuisine (with great Indian music too!).

LA GUINGETTE DES GRANDES SERRES (BY LES PANTINS) (in Pantin) • Nitarshini Mathyalagan

June 22nd

Walid Shahed, chef at Pantins, welcomed Nitharshini Mathyalagan in the kitchen of his restaurant for a unique Sri-Lankan menu!

REFETTORIO PARIS
Exceptional opening

June 23rd

The solidarity restaurant imagined in the crypts of the Madeleine by Massimo Bottura opened its doors to the public for the first time. Mohamad Elkhaldy and Maxime Bonnabry-Duval created a subtle menu of products from surplus food. Learn more about the Refettorio here.

 

CLOSING PARTY
Food Court in Ground Control

June 24th

This year, the Parisian edition of the Refugee Food Festival ended at Ground Control with 5 unique collaborations! On the menu: 5 dishes co-created by the festival’s refugee chefs and 5 restaurants of the biggest food court in Paris, accompanied by Georgian wines and Syrian drinks.

Paris 2017

In June 2017, for the second edition, the menu of establishments in Paris was enriched with dishes imagined and prepared by refugee chefs: carte blanche, four-handed menus …

A greedy and supportive initiative to highlight the talents of the refugee chefs and make people discover the best of Syrian, Ivorian, Eritrean, Afghani, Georgian, Sri Lankan and Indian cuisine.

GO BACK TO 2017 EDITION !

Retour sur l’édition 2017

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L’AMI JEAN  (75007)  • Conversation about gastronomy with Mohammad Elkhaldy (Syria) and Stéphane Jégo – Morning

LES PANTINS (Pantin) • Syrian cuisine with the chef Nabil Attar – Lunch & dinner 

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LULU LA NANTAISE – CRÊPERIE (75010) • Sri Lankan cuisine with Nitharshini Mathyalagan (Sri Lanka) – Dinner 

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LA TRAVERSÉE (75018) • Ivorian cuisine with the chef Afousatou Soro – Brunch

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LES PÈRES POPULAIRES (75020) • Eritrean cuisine with the chef Hannibal Twelde – Dinner

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INARO (75010) • Syrian cuisine with the chef Nabil Attar – Dinner

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CLAMATO (75011) • Collaboration between Mohammad Elkhaldy (Syria) and Bertrand Grébaut – Lunch

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POULETTE (75001) • Indian cuisine with the chef Keshar Sharma – Dinner

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JUVENILES WINE BAR (75001) • Georgian cuisine with the chef Madga Gegenava – Dinner

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KIALATOK (75018) • Cooking class with Afousatou Soro

LES MARMITES VOLANTES MONTREUIL • Indian cuisine with Keshar Sharma – Dinner

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L’AMI JEAN (75007) • Collaboration between Afousatou Soro (Ivory Coast) et Stephane Jego – Lunch & dinner

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LA TRATTORIA DU GRAND MARCHÉ STALINGRAD – LA ROTONDE (75019) • Syrian cuisine with Mohammad Elkhaldy – Dinner

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CLOSING EVENT • On the Grand Marché Stalingrad terrasse (19h-23h)

4 street food stands
Collaborations between the chefs of the festival with Romain Tischenko, Lotan Yafo, Zarma
Musique by Anat RoyLe Tournedisque

With Grand Marché Stalingrad – La Rotonde

The Team

In 2018, the Paris office of the Refugee Food Festival developed the Refugee Food Festival project in Paris, accompanied by many volunteers, Laura, Phillie, Hélène, Marion, Clara, etc.

Parisian restaurants involved !

This year, more than a dozen of our favorite Parisian addresses have opened their kitchens to refugee chefs, for an ever more tasty and supportive edition!
Throughout Paris, the friends of the Refugee Food Festival were able to discover a varied program and gourmet menus prepared by talented chefs: carte blanche, menus with four hands … Unprecedented collaborations that made you travel!
So friends of the Refugee Food Festival, see you next year! And prepare your forks!

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THE UNITED NATIONS REFUGEE AGENCY, CO-ORGANIZER OF THE ANNUAL FESTIVAL

The United Nations Refugee Agency plays a fundamental role in the development of each local festival. UNHCR also ensures the protection of refugee leaders by providing expertise.

THE DIRECTION OF THE CITIZEN COMMITMENT OF BNP PARIBAS

The BNP Foundation, as a partner of UNHCR, is associated with the Paris edition of the festival.