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Turning Tables – Integration. Food. Cultural Understanding.

Integration. Food. Cultural Understanding.



Turning Tables aims to facilitate refugee integration in Germany through a journey with training, mentoring and working experience steps centered around food and intercultural exchange in the gastronomy sector.

Turning Tables promotes integration through a holistic approach that targets personal, practical and (inter) cultural aspects of newcomers’ lives and that of their host society. For us, integration is a two way process, involving both parties every step of the way.

Our step by step integration programme includes:

  1. Mentoring, personal motivation and development: programme participants will be paired with integrated refugees, senior
    citizens and professionals in the food and service sector who will guide them throughout their journey with Turning Tables.
  2. a training course with theoretical and practical classes in basic food and beverage handling, customer service, health and hygiene and intercultural skills among others.
  3. Events open to the wider public with a social and intercultural objective that will provide an opportunity to share experiences, widen perspectives.
  4. Practical working experiences via partnerships with gastronomy and service related companies. This will provide newcomers with the opportunity to test the theoretical knowledge acquired through the training and put this into practice in a real German working environment.



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Get involved, support us!

Are you a corporate interested in our training program, with available internship positions or training spaces? Then please get in touch!
You can also support the project by donating, through our Betterplace campaign or via bank transfer (if so please specify donation to Turning Tables).

Think we have a great project and want to shout it from the rooftops? Then get in touch to find out more about our Turning Tables ambassador program!

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Join the Team!

We are a team of international professionals with backgrounds in business, international development, gastronomy and social work with a passion for cultural exchange, social inclusion and diversity.

We are looking for a range of volunteers to support us with legal, operational, and marketing related matters.
Meet the latest Turning Tables Team.


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Workshopseries “Introduction to Gastronomy” May and July 2017

“Gastronomy workshop” in collaboration with ETC e.V., Kolping Bildungswerk and Munich Airport October 2016

Read on Turning Tables News  what has happened during the gastronomy workshop!

Impressions of the Cook-Off Event in February 2016

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Our Partners


logo_flughafen-muenchenFlughafen München GmbH



Kolping Ausbildungszentren München gGmbH

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Euro-Trainings-Centre e.V.

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