#CookforSyria is a project launched in 2016 to raise money for the children of Syria through UNICEF NEXT Generation United Kingdom, with activities under the general theme of gastronomy.

A recipe book and events to raise money

One of the project’s initiatives has been the publishing of a #CookforSyria recipe book, with more than 100 Syrian recipes or recipes using ingredients from Syrian gastronomy. The goal is to raise money and preserve the Syrian gastronomical culture, as the war raging in the country is wiping out everything in its path. One example of the events organised is the participation of Jamie Oliver (Fifteen), who is offering a brunch with typical Syrian lunch dishes, the profits from which will go to #CookforSyria. This is one way, but there are more.

Syrian refugee chef Imad Alarnab in London Food Month

One of the coming events linked to #CookforSyria is London Food Month. It will take place from the 7th to the 18th of June 2017 in London, where there will be more than 400 events with renowned chefs like Dan Hunter (Brae), the world’s best female chef Ana Ros (Hisa Franko), David Thompson and Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana). The latter will be participating with his “Refettorio Felix”, a community kitchen, as part of his Food for Soul social project.

During the festival, visitors will be able to taste the dishes of Imad Alarnab, a Syrian chef who had to leave Damascus, where he had three restaurants and two juice and coffee establishments, to seek refuge in London with his family when war broke out. Once in London, UNICEF NEXTGeneration and The Hampstead Kitchen helped Imad Alarnab to open a gastronomy establishment in the city. In March 2017 he opened his first pop-up restaurant linked to #CookforSyria, which was very well-received. Now, during London Food Month, Imad Alarnab will open another pop-up once again linked to #CookforSyria.

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