Refugee Food Festival has won the Event of the Year category, which recognises restaurant residencies and pop-ups.
The Refugee Food Festival started, says its co-founder Louis Martin, with “a very simple idea”: that restaurants could open up their kitchens to refugee chefs for an event. Martin and his partner Marine Mandrila turned their idea into reality in 2016 with the inaugural Refugee Food Festival in Paris, bringing together 11 restaurants, eight refugee chefs and 1,000 guests.
Such was its success that as the festival enters its fourth year, it will see some some 150 refugee chefs of 42 different nationalities cooking at 200 restaurants across 16 cities, from Paris to Cape Town to San Francisco. “Our aim is to spread the message and the values behind the project,” says Martin.
“We hope to accelerate the integration of refugee chefs and create a more welcoming environment for refugees by leveraging the incredible power of food.”