– PARIS –
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.
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.
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.
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.
JOURNÉE MONDIALE DU RÉFUGIÉ • GROUND CONTROL
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.
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.
Food Court in Ground Control
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.
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!
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.