Refugee Chef: Watch For Free on Journy
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Refugee Chef: Watch For Free on Journy

Behind each dish is a story of survival. These chefs survived wars in their homeland and sought freedom elsewhere. Some of them didn't immediately acknowledge their heritage after escaping. They now celebrate family recipes from their home countries, change perceptions, and enrich the cities where they've built new lives.

Each episode is a cinematic and intimate journey to uncover how:

  • Anh Le has established a food institution in Denmark through her restaurants.
  • Yia Vang embodies the Hmong people through food in Minneapolis.
  • Javad Ghaderi kept his Afghan nationality a secret for decades and now runs a Persian restaurant in Wollongong, Australia.
  • Anita Saborn serves Indonesian food as it is, spicy and full-bodied, in Paris.
  • Chef Dorjee, a former Tibetan Buddhist monk, shares Tibetan nomad cuisine with Washington D.C. locals.
  • Ahmad finds refuge in London through his home cooking and the Aleppo Supper Club.
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    Season 1
    Season 1
    • Refugee Chef S01 E01 - Queen Of Nordic Vietnamese

      As a teenager, Anh Le dreamt of introducing healthier Vietnamese food to the Danish diet. Today, her Vietnamese restaurant chain is an institution and she is a household name in Denmark. But it was only recently that she confronted her refugee past, and fought to make peace with herself.

    • Refugee Chef S01 E02 - Hmong and Here

      The Hmong are a stateless people who have lived in Vietnam, Laos, and China, but still have no country to call their own. Yia Vang is a Hmong refugee chef who believes that food embodies their cultural DNA, so he cooks to tell their story from his new home in Minneapolis, USA.

    • Refugee Chef S01 E03 - Afghan at Last

      For 28 years, Javad Ghaderi kept his Afghan nationality a secret. He was an asylum seeker for all of those years, and endured deportation 3 times. It was food that helped him at critical junctions, and now he is using Persian cuisine to solidify new friendships with locals in Wollongong, Australia.

    • Refugee Chef S01 E04 - Beyond Bali

      Anita Saborn is a former Indonesian refugee living in Paris. She arrived as a political refugee in the 70s, and their family run the first Indonesian restaurant in the city. When Anita took over the restaurant from her father, she decided to serve Indonesian food as it is - spicy and full-bodied.

    • Refugee Chef S01 E05 - Redefining Shangri-Lai

      Chef Dorjee was a Tibetan Buddhist monk before he settled down in USA. He decided the best way to answer the question of 'Where are you from?' is to give someone a taste of his homeland. Dorjee Momos, a refugee-owned, family-run Tibetan nomad food start-up, was born.

    • Refugee Chef S01 E06 - Aleppo Super Club

      Haunted by the horrors of being jailed, tortured and losing his family in Syria, Ahmad finds refuge in London. To survive, he does anything and everything, including cook. As word-of-mouth of his home cooking spread, he started Aleppo Supper Club, a pop-up restaurant and catering service.

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