Meeting "The table arts between creation, migration and integration"

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Published on April 5, 2024 Updated on April 5, 2024

on the April 18, 2024


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Théâtre du grand château - Valrose Campus
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Université Côte d'Azur and the Refugee Food Festival will be holding a round table discussion on Thursday April 18 at 5pm at the Grand Château Theater on the Valrose campus.

This year, Université Côte d'Azur is joining forces with the Refugee Food Festival and invites you to a round table discussion to find out more about the professionals involved in these exchanges, and to place these practices in the context of migration issues.

Over the past few years, the culinary arts have become a means of drawing public attention to the integration of refugees in France. The Refugee Food Festival association, created in 2016 and present in Nice since 2023, highlights these places of exchange and sharing around cuisine.

The Refugee Food Festival will be held from June 12 to 16 in Nice County.


Déborah Bailet, co-sponsor of the Refugee Food Festival Comté de Nice

After studying at the Beaux-Arts in Monaco, Déborah Bailet, a native of Levens, began her career in Paris. For four years, she was the general manager of Refettorio, a gastronomic restaurant set up under the Madeleine church, where she successfully deployed her activities. Returning to Nice in 2022, she organized the first Refugee Food Festival on the Côte d'Azur in June 2023, welcoming some 650 participants, before opening the Pompon bakery in the Riquier district a few months later.

Christian Rinaudo, sociologist, professor at Université Côte d'Azur, and researcher at URMIS (Unité de recherche Migrations et Société)

His research focuses on migratory phenomena and processes of otherness. He is particularly interested in the trajectories of artists in exile and their reception conditions in France.
Swanie Potot, sociologist, researcher at the CNRS, specialist in migration issues.

She has worked on intra-European migration and the employment of foreigners in Western economies, taking into account the impact of the latter on the socio-economic fabric of regions of origin. In recent years, her research has become part of the Border Studies movement, which seeks to assess the impact of tighter border controls around and within the European Union. In this context, she is currently working on solidarity networks with migrants in several European countries. Since 2019, she has been director of the Migration and Society research unit (URMIS).
Madona Shukvani, Georgian refugee cook

Madona Shukvani, a Georgian refugee in France since 2019, formerly a bus inspector in her country of origin, has converted to the culinary professions thanks to training at the Forum Jorge François and now works at the Brasserie de l'Union (Nice). For the first edition of the Refugee Food Festival, she teamed up with Michelin-starred chef Christian Plumail for a Niçoise and Georgian-influenced dinner at the Café de l'Alliance Française.
Mélanie Tuz, founder of Méla, a living patisserie in Nice

After studying at the Villa Arson and fourteen years divided between painting, drawing and working as a quality manager in an EHPAD, it was in 2015 that Mélanie Tuz decided to switch to the pastry business. In 2017, Méla, pâtisserie vivante saw the light of day, and it's now in the Port district that Mélanie Tuz delights with creations that give pride of place to organic and short-distance produce, while respecting the seasons. At the first Refugee Food Festival, she presented pastry creations based on the fusion of her know-how and the culinary heritage of Turkish refugee Hatice Pehlivan.

This round table is moderated by LucClément, founder of Sudnly.


A citizen initiative, the Refugee Food Festival was created by the Food Sweet Food association in June 2016 in Paris. The project is a solidarity-based culinary festival, which takes place mainly in restaurants, and consists of creating culinary collaborations between restaurateurs and cooks who are beneficiaries of international protection. The project takes place in June, simultaneously in all the cities that organize it, to mark a special occasion around World Refugee Day (June 20). For the 2023 edition, 13 cities in France and Switzerland hosted the festival: Paris, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Rennes, Nantes, Dijon, Montpellier, Nice, Tours and Geneva.

Find outmore about the Refugee Food Festival

Free entry by registration only.