REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL PARIS
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 plays a fundamental role in the development of each local festival. UNHCR also ensures the protection of refugee leaders by providing expertise.