Conference : "What's cooking" with Cuisine Lab, April 5th at the Villa Boccard




Cuisine Lab is a Geneva association born in November 2016 which works for the socio-economic integration of refugees from the canton. We are fully part of the emerging movement of Swiss social gastronomy which promotes cuisine as a vector of integration and social cohesion.


AGORA is Cuisine Lab's flagship project. It is a social restaurant developed in the heart of the Nations with the Terra et Casa Foundation to be a platform for economic inclusion for Geneva refugees who suffer from an unemployment rate close to 80%. This establishment, which will open its doors at CIGM in July 2022, has three objectives :

The social restaurant will initially make it possible to highlight the refugee populations too often stigmatized through their know-how and their rich and diversified culture.

AGORA is an opportunity to gather around a meal, or during inter-community events, refugees, international civil servants and other residents. All in a spirit of social cohesion and openness.

AGORA is also considered as a place of training in catering trades for refugees who will be able to work towards obtaining certificates attesting to their skills.



 With AGORA, Cuisine Lab works on a long cycle of three years during which the following results are expected:

 18 refugees employed and trained as kitchen workers;

 36 refugee trainees trained in the basics of the profession of catering employee;

 Over 50,000 delicious, refugee-like meals shared



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