Ambassadors of the refugees

By Sarah RaparoliLex Kleren Switch to German for original article

Chiche is the only company in Luxembourg that has exclusively employed refugees and migrants since the end of 2017. With success: After opening a second restaurant in Esch last year, another followed in Leudelange in 2021. But who are the people behind stove and counter? A visit at the YABANI Art and Food by Chiche!.

A rainy Tuesday at the end of May. As you enter, mood music plays, a song in Japanese to match the decor of imposing paintings, eye-catching lanterns, aesthetic caligraphy, colorful armchairs and classic bonsais of the former single-family home next to the cultural center in Leudelange. What sounds like a thrown-together potpourri is by no means chaotic: Everything fits. While perusing the menu – miso, tempura, domburi – all typical Japanese dishes – a young man appears and leads us to the top floor. Khadem Hussain Karimyar is in charge of the reception at the new location and just can’t ignore the incoming calls, even during the interview. "Excuse me, I have to take this." He doesn't want to keep his customers waiting.

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