This year, London will host the Refugee Food Festival for the first time!

In June 2019, a first edition will bring together several restaurants and talented refugee chefs to change our perceptions around the welcoming of refugees and their status, and of course, to make people discover flavors from elsewhere.

London 2019

From June 16 to 21, 5 restaurants from England’s vibrant capital city — Ombra, Refettorio Felix at St Cuthbert’s, Mercato Metropolitano, Pique Nique, Breddos Tacos — will open their kitchens to 5 refugee chefs. Embark on a delightful journey to discover the best of world cuisines!

You have a question or want to be part of the team? Write to us at: london@refugeefoodfestival.com

2019 Line-up

OMBRA • Mohammed Rahimeh

SUNDAY, JUNE 16 • Brunch


Discover a fusion of Syrian and Italian cuisines, with chef Mohammed, from Mo’s Eggs, and chef Mitshell of Ombra.

Book here

Brunch : £25

REFETTORIO FELIX • Chineze from Nana Nokki

MONDAY, JUNE 17 • Dinner


Chef Chinese invites you to discover her Nigerian menu, prepared in the spirit of Refettorio, using in-date surplus ingredients!

Book here

Starter, main, desert & wine pairing : £30. 

MERCATO METROPOLITANO • Majeda Khouri • Supper Club 

TUESDAY, JUNE 18 • Dinner


Syrian chef Majeda Khouri (The Syrian Sunflower) and MM executive chef Gabriele Bagni present their co-created menu, mixing Syrian and Italian flavours, including wine-pairing. All proceeds will go to Syrian actress Raghad.
You can support and find out more here.

Book here

Four-courses menu with wine pairing : £49

PIQUE-NIQUE • Muzaffar Sadykov



Uzbek Chef Muzaffar, of street food company OshPaz, will team up with Chef Sylvain Soulard of French restaurant Pique-Nique. Muzaffar will have ‘carte blanche’ to cook traditional Uzbek dishes, and something tells us Plov (also know as pilaf) will be on the menu!

Bookings: 020 7403 9549.

Usual Pique-Nique prices


FRIDAY, JUNE 21 • Dinner


Egyptian chef Ahmed of Osman’s Market will team up with chef Nud Dudhia of Breddos Tacos Clerkenwell. Together, they created 2 special tacos that will take you from Egypt to Mexico… without the hefty airfare!

Book here (make sure you select the Clerkenwell branch).

£8.50 for 2 tacos 

Our local support

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


APPEAR HERE: Appear Here is the leading marketplace for short-term space. The mission is to create a world where anyone with an idea can find space to make it happen. With over 200,000 brands in its community, Appear Here works with everyone from industry leading brands such as Google, Net-a-Porter and Apple to creatives and artists including Kanye West and Jamie XX, plus thousands more exciting start-ups including Spotify, PRESS London and Away Travel.  Appear Here currently lists over 7,000 prime retail spaces across the UK, Paris and New York Named one of Wired’s ‘100 Hottest StartUps’ and The Financial Times’ most ‘Disruptive Companies,’Appear Here has become the go-to destination to make innovative and creative retail ideas happen.


HELP REFUGEES: Help Refugees is a pioneering charity leading a new movement in humanitarian aid. We work with refugees and for refugees. We provide everything from emergency aid and medical care, to long term solutions like housing, education and psychological support. An unprecedented 89% of donations we receive go directly to projects supporting refugees.e United Nations Refugee Agency plays a fundamental role in the development of each local festival. UNHCR also ensures the protection of refugee chefs by providing expertise.


TERN: Tern is an ambitious social enterprise whose mission is to enable refugees to thrive through the power of their own ideas. They support refugee entrepreneurs in the creation and development of their own businesses, providing business services at three identified stages of the entrepreneurial process: business exploration, business start-up and business growth. These services include expert training, mentorship and advice, as well as access to business networks and financial capital.


THE REFUGEE COUNCIL: The Refugee Council stands up for the rights of refugees and those who are seeking safety in Britain. For over 65 years, we have directly supported and empowered refugees in Britain to lead safe, dignified and fulfilling lives.


IMiX: The migration communications hub aims to elevate the national conversation about migration through the power of stories, putting a human face to the headlines, to create a more welcoming and cohesive society.

The team

Alice Gaillard, Alice Thierry de Ville d’Array and Mathilde Carraro are the local organizers of the Refugee Food Festival – London!
“Collaboration, diversity, multi-cultural flavours: those are the ingredients of the magical recipe for the first edition of the Refugee Food Festival in London.” _Mathilde Carraro, Alice Gaillard and Alice Thierry de Ville d’Avray, project holders
We warmly thank them, as well as our local partners!