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Refugee Chef

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

Refugee Chef - S1E3: Afghan At Last

10 Mar 2018 10:00am
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

About the show:

Over the past few years, the issue of refugees has become highly politicised. Refugees are seen either as victims or aggressors to be kept out. Yet there are groups of refugees who have trumped the odds. In this series, we feature an earlier wave of refugees who haven’t just survived, but are thriving today and giving back to their communities. Our culinary heroes originated from every part of Asia and fanned out across the globe in search of new lives. Today, they are using food in powerful ways and reshaping the way people see Asia. Behind each dish is a story of survival - stories of refugees who seek freedom from societies in conflict, of people who struggle to build new lives with treasured family recipes, and cities that have been enriched by their presence. This series proves that food can truly break down walls, and help us find the commonality across different people.

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