Dijon: the Refugee Food Festival, a springboard to employment?

Grâce au Refugee Food Festival, Rauf espère trouver un travail dans la restauration, et pourquoi pas ouvrir un restaurant

The third edition of the Refugee Food Festival begins on Monday, June 13, 2022 in Dijon. This year, six restaurants are playing the game: each will host a refugee chef for one night. They will be able to discover the culinary specialties of their country of origin. In the program, Ethiopian, Afghan, Ukrainian, Congolese or Iraqi specialties. The aim of the chefs is also to show off their culinary talent. All these six participants aim to work in the restaurant sector. This festival is a springboard for them, to make themselves known, but not only because the organizers will be able to put them in contact with potential restaurateurs interested in their applications. Support for employment Created in 2016, the Refugee Food Festival has two objectives: to raise awareness of the cause of refugees, and to help them find work in the restaurant sector. A goal achieved for one of the participants of the Dijon 2021 edition, who was hired by the restaurant that had hosted him. The participants are also accompanied after the festival explains Joséphine Damidot, one of the co-organizers: “our role is to follow them throughout the course, the festival is a high point to highlight their cooking skills. After the festival, we can the link with restaurateurs who would have hiring needs in the region and in Dijon in particular.” A method that could prove its value at La Menuiserie restaurant. For the first time, the team participates in the festival and welcomes Amsha Mourad, an Iraqi cook. The team of Antoine Barré-Foncelle, the manager of the restaurant, is currently complete, but he does not rule out hiring Amsha in the near future: “Amsha has already asked us to do the internship for her training, we will welcome her very much of taste. For later, it’s a group of trained people who want to share and stop doing boat restoration.” Collaboration also requires originality: on Saturday, June 18, 2022, Amsha and the team of Menuiserie will offer a mix of Iraqi dishes and classics from the restaurant’s menu, an enriching experience for everyone, says Antoine Barré-Foncelle: “It allows us to look for products that we are not necessarily used to dealing with. I’m thinking of dates, I think it’s the first time you buy it.” Why not think bigger? Among the six participants in this 2022 edition, some have always been cooking and would like to open a restaurant in Dijon. This is the case of Rauf Mardan. Arriving in France in 2019, this Afghan is not at his first meal preparation: “I have always cooked, in Afghanistan I worked with chefs. In 2021, he participated in the training Sesame. Reserved for refugees, it trains for the clerical profession but also teaches French. Six-month training, from which Rauf graduated in December 2021. Thanks to this festival, he hopes to find a job in a restaurant de Dijon, but he doesn’t intend to stop there: “In the future, I would like to open a restaurant, mixing French and Afghan cuisine.” In the meantime, he will cook a meal of Afghan specialties at the Umbrella on Wednesday evening. To show this Facebook content, you must accept social network cookies . These cookies allow you to share or react directly to the social networks you are connected to or integrate content originally published on these social networks. They also allow social networks to use your visits to our sites and apps for personalization and advertising targeting purposes. I authorize Manage my options
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