– PARIS –

REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL PARIS

Paris has already welcomed four editions of the Refugee Food Festival. The epicenter of the project, the first edition in 2016 brought together 12 restaurants and 8 refugee cooks. It’s the beginning of a great adventure: meetings are natural, collaborations between chefs give original dishes, hundreds of people rush to book and the guest cooks regain some dignity.

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

In 2017, 2018 and 2019 the city again hosted the festival, and a total of 61 restaurants and 42 refugee chefs participated, in order to change perspectives on this status, and introduce Parisians to flavors from elsewhere.

Paris 2019

From June 15 to 30, 2019, the Refugee Food Festival was back in Paris for the 4th consecutive year! Throughout the city, no less than 20 restaurants have welcomed 18 refugee chefs for new collaborations: brunches, lunch, tasting dinner or small plates to share … you have traveled to Ethiopia, Tibet, Syria, Eritrea , Sudan, Venezuela, Mauritania, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Nigeria and Georgia. A trip around the world, to showcase the skills of the guest chefs and introduce Parisians to the richness of their culinary and cultural heritage.

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THROWBACK TO THE REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL PARIS • 2019

LE CARREAU DU TEMPLE (75003) • Complicity between Mohammad Elkhaldy & Pierre Sang

SATURDAY JUNE 15, 2019
Opening brunch

SYRIAN & KOREAN CUISINE

LE CARREAU DU TEMPLE (75003) • Doha Elkhaldy

SATURDAY JUNE 15, 2019
Pastries cooking class • Kids friendly

SYRIAN CUISINE

LE BICHAT (75010) • Rabia Aryobwal, membre de l’association Pierre Claver

SUNDAY JUNE 16, 2019
Colorful and tasty brunch !

AFGHAN CUISINE

LE MERMOZ (75008) • Magda Gegenava

MONDAY JUNE 17, 2019
Small plates to share

GEORGIAN CUISINE

LA CANTINE DE PIERRE CLAVER (75007) • Khaled Al Dos

MONDAY JUNE 17, 2019
Lunch and dinner

SYRIAN CUISINE

DOUBLE DRAGON (75011) • Haitham Karachay et Tatiana Levha 

TUESDAY JUNE 18, 2019
Dinner, small plates to share

SYRIAN & ASIAN CUISINE

NARENJ • Orléans • Nabil Attar & Nicolas Valleye (Auberge le Beauharnais en Sologne)

WEDNESDAY JUNE 19, 2019
Four hands dinner

FRENCH & SYRIAN CUISINE

INARO (75009) • Khaled Al Dos

WEDNESDAY JUNE 19, 2019
Dinner, plates to share

SYRIAN CUISINE

L’AMI JEAN (75007) • Haitham Karachay & Stéphane Jégo 

THURSDAY JUNE 20, 2019
Four hands dinner

FRENCH & SYRIAN CUISINE

GROUND CONTROL x DIAIR (75012)

THURSDAY JUNE 20, 2019
Food market with social gastronomy’s Parisian actors

• La Cantine de l’Association Pierre Claver •
• Le Recho •
• Meet My Mama •
• Refettorio Paris •
• La Résidence du Refugee Food Festival •

LA TABLE DU RECHO (75016) • Hayat 

FRIDAY JUNE 21, 2019
Colorful and tasty dinner !

ERITREAN CUISINE

TEMPERO (75013) • Difrines Cafay & Alessandra Montagne

FRIDAY JUNE 21, 2019
Small plates to share

VENEZUELIAN CUISINE

LA VIERGE (75020) • Montasser Iddhiba, membre of the association Pierre Claver

SATURDAY JUNE 22, 2019
Small plates to share

LYBIAN CUISINE

CHEZ MAGDA (75019) • Magda Gegenava & Stéphane Jégo

SUNDAY JUNE 23, 2019 • Brunch

FRENCH & GEORGIAN CUISINE

FR\AME • PULLMAN TOUR EIFFEL (75015) • Khaled Al Dos

FROM MONDAY JUNE 24, TO THURSDAY JUNE 27, 2019
Lunch and dinner

SYRIAN CUISINE

FRENCHIE TO GO (75002) • Nabil Attar & Greg Marchand (* Michelin Star Chef)

MONDAY JUNE 24, 2019
Dinner with small plates to share

SYRIAN CUISINE

LES GRANDS VOISINS – L’ORATOIRE (75014) • Raimot Tijani

WEDNESDAY JUNE 26, 2019
Lunch & dinner

NIGERIAN CUISINE

FULGURANCES (EN FACE) (75011) • Difrines Cafay & Max Tuckwell

THURSDAY JUEN 27, 2019
Dinner with small plates to share

VENEZUELIAN CUISINE INSPIRATION

DAME JANE (75020) • Yeshi & Julie Caute

FRIDAY JUNE 28, 2019
Four hands dinner

TIBETAN CUISINE INSPIRATION

CAFÉ PIMPIN (75017) • Doha Elkhaldy

SATURDAY JUNE 29, 2019
Colorful & tasty brunch

SYRIAN CUISINE

REFETTORIO PARIS (75008) • Harouna Sow

SATURDAY JUNE 29, 2019
Dinner

MAURITANIAN CUISINE

MINGWAY • Fariza Faridova

SATURDAY JUNE 29, 2019
Dinner

CHECHEN CUISINE

GROUND CONTROL

SUNDAY JUNE 30, 2019
Refugee Food Festival Closing Party !

✱ LA RÉSIDENCE ✱ Haitham Karachay – Syrian cuisine
✱ ASADO ✱ Difrenes Cafay – Venezuelian cuisine
✱ SOLINA ✱ Khaled Al Dos – Syrian cuisine
✱ KALIMERA ✱ Doha Elkhaldy – Syrian cuisine
✱ 2 COCKTAILS ✱

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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.

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.

THROWBACK TO THE REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL PARIS • 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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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 2020, the Paris office of the Refugee Food Festival developed the Refugee Food Festival project in Paris, accompanied by Ninon Gouronnec and many other volunteers : Amélie, Marion, Lorenzo, Chloé, Phyllie, Francesca, Sandrine, Janine,…

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.