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La Table de Cana Marseille, Montpellier and Bordeaux

Field of intervention
Vocational training
Supported organization
La Table de Cana Marseille, Montpellier and Bordeaux
Country and localization
France, Marseille, Montpellier and Bordeaux
Supported people
60 women coming from deprived neighbourhoods
Project helped in
2015 - 2016 - 2017
Amount of the support
79,000 euros

“Des Etoiles et des Femmes”: training women from deprived neighbourhoods to high-end hospitality

La Table de Cana, an insertion catering network created in 1985, supports each year 260 employees in integration towards employment, by training them in a dozen different professions: cooks, confectioners, storekeepers, delivery drivers, secretaries ...

In 2015, La Table de Cana in Marseille set up a high-end catering training program: "Des Etoiles et des Femmes" (Stars and Women), aimed at women from priority neighborhoods in the city. The objective of this project? Supporting promotions of 12 women to get a catering qualification with practical training in the kitchens of Chefs partners of the program.

Solidarity AccorHotels has been supporting this initiative since its creation in 2015 in Marseille. In 2017, the Fund is also supporting the extension of the project, first in Montpellier and then in Bordeaux. In each of these three cities, some AccorHotels Chefs are engaged and receive for one year a beneficiary alternately in their brigade, to share experience and practical advice.

Involvement of the teams:

In Marseille: Dominique Frérard from Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port, involved for 3 years.
Some Chefs took part in the 2015 and 2016 editions: Isabelle Alexandre from the Pullman Marseille Palm Beach - 2015 and 2016 editions, Xavier Leleux from the Pullman Marseille Provence - 2015 and 2016 editions, Thomas Roret from the Grand Roi René Hotel (MGallery) - only for the 2015 edition, Nicolas Brenier of MAMA Shelter - 2015 and 2016 editions.

In Montpellier: Pullman Montpellier Center, Mercure Center Comedy and Mercure Grande Motte.

In Bordeaux: 6 chefs from 5 establishments - Mercure Meriadeck, Mercure Cité Mondiale, Mercure Chateau Chartrons, Mama Shelter and Pullman Bordeaux Lac.


Discover the video "We are Women", presenting Hafidha who is following the "Des Etoiles et des Femmes" vocational training. 


Project Holders:

M. TomiMireille Tomi, Executive Assistant, Destinations Sales

"I commited to this project given that it brings together many strong values and dimensions. Firstly the Human aspect: the program is dedicated to vulnerables women, facing difficulties to enter the labour market. On a solidarity aspect, as La Table de Cana is the project's facilitator, proposing customized support (follow up, professional integration advice, child care, mobility solutions...). And finally, on an economic aspect, as the catering sector offers many job opportunities. I am very proud to  support this vocationnal program and I am very happy to support the women of the program by sharing my personnal and professional experience with them!"


L. AllardLaurent Allard, Talent & Culture manager, Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port

"Supporting the program Des Etoiles et des Femmes is a very instructive experience and it gives a strong meaning to our profession. It is all about sharing experience and skills, a collaborative work that brings many actors and institutions together (local communities, associations, schools, companies…). I am fully convinced that it is important to develop local actions to support social issues resolution."