Le Reflet - Paris

11 Rue de Braque, 75003, Paris

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An extra ordinary table

At first glance, Le Reflet looks like just another contemporary smart parisian bistrot. The wood tables are all lined up and so are the natural and organic wine bottles - coming straight from independent growers - filling up the bar. No fuss or excess formality in here : the content of the plates are telling us the chefs love for fresh market produce and smell of slow cooked dishes and stews. The menu of the day shows a small Breton boats catches, or pork knuckle confit accompanied by sauteed potatoes in parsley. At first, this is a little jewel of a parisian bistro. It actually is, except there's definitely more to it than just atmosphere and good food... The people who take care of the reception, the service and the preparation of the dishes have Down syndrome.

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« Working with people with Down's syndrome means showing patience, education and kindness. That's what I liked about this project. »

Had he been told that he would quit his status as a private chef to take over the kitchen of a restaurant, Fabrice, one of the establishment's two supervisors, would not have believed it for a second. «Before embarking on this adventure, I never intended to set foot in a classic kitchen again! The tension, the bosses' egos, the pressure… I didn't want that anymore. But the values ​​carried by Le Reflet and the encounter with disability have reconciled me with the environment ». Behind this inclusive restoration project designed by Flore Lelièvre, an interior designer whose brother has Down's syndrome, there is a desire to transform the view on disability and to make inclusion a reality. "This restaurant is the result of his graduation project," continues Fabrice. She wanted to create a place where people with disabilities could work normally in the best conditions and where human relations would be at the heart of the project ”. Mission accomplished: Reflet creates ordinary jobs for extraordinary employees and brings together two worlds - that of disability and that of non-disability - as normal for a meal.

Si on lui avait dit qu’il quitterait son statut de chef privé pour gagner les fourneaux d’un restaurant, Fabrice, l’un des deux chefs encadrant de l’établissement, n’y aurait pas cru une seconde. « Avant de me lancer dans cette aventure, je comptais ne plus jamais remettre les pieds dans une cuisine classique ! La tension, l’égo des chefs, la pression… Je ne voulais plus de cela. Mais les valeurs portées par le Reflet et la rencontre avec le handicap m’ont réconcilié avec le milieu ». Derrière ce projet de restauration inclusive pensé par Flore Lelièvre, architecte d’intérieure dont le frère est atteint de trisomie 21, il y a une volonté de transformer le regard sur le handicap et de faire de l’inclusion une réalité. « Ce restaurant, c’est le fruit de son projet de fin d’études, poursuit Fabrice. Elle voulait créer un lieu où les personnes atteintes de handicap pourraient travailler normalement dans les meilleures conditions et où les relations humaines seraient au cœur du projet ». Mission accomplie : le Reflet crée de l’emploi ordinaire pour des employés extraordinaires et réunit deux mondes – celui du handicap et celui du non handicap – dans la plus grande normalité le temps d’un repas.


  • Author: Maëva Terroy
  • Photos: Lisa Streich
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