For the first time, the Refugee Food Festival is coming to South Africa.
From 16 to 26 June, refugee chefs are invited into Cape Town kitchens to
collaborate with resident chefs to show off their skills, and tell their
stories through the food of their home country. The chefs are also hosted by
markets, cooking classes and corporate events.
The Refugee Food Festival is a non-profit international organisation that is
currently in its third year. It will be holding events in France, the
Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, and San Francisco and New York City in the
United States of America.
Three of the restaurants involved in the Cape Town leg of the festival are
owned by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna Chef of the Year Liam Tomlin: Chefs
Warehouse at Maison, Chefs Warehouse and Canteen, and Thali. Also involved
are The Power and the Glory and Reverie Social Table. The chefs cooking at
these restaurants are Bilolo Sendwe, Patrick Nzinga and Hamidul Hoque,
respectively. Patrick already works at Chefs Warehouse and Canteen, but on
this night he will be bringing more of himself to the plate.
Liam was excited to join in on the initiative. ˇ§Itˇ¦s a very good cause,ˇ¨ he
says. ˇ§Many talented refugees are not allowed to demonstrate their crafts as
they arenˇ¦t recognised for the jobs theyˇ¦re qualified for in their home
countries. There are qualified mechanics cleaning bars. They deserve an
opportunity to showcase their skills.ˇ¨