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A Triumphant 25th Edition of HORECA Lebanon

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Lebanon, 12th April 2018

HORECA, the annual
meeting place for the hospitality and foodservice industries, closed its doors
on March 23, 2018, rounding off a spectacular four days at Beirut’s Seaside
Arena. Spotlighting the latest innovations and trends in the hospitality and
foodservice industries, the event was hailed a resounding success, bringing
together more than 350 exhibitors from countries including Australia, Belgium,
Brazil, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Hungary, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon,
Nigeria, Turkey, Spain, Syria, UAE and the USA.

More than 30
international culinary, beverage and hospitality experts shared their expertise
during a jam-packed program of more than 25 daily events, competitions and
workshops including the Annual Hospitality Forum, which featured an impressive
lineup of speakers tackling tough topics in hospitality. Elsewhere, the Hospitality
Salon Culinaire and Junior Chef Competition boasted even more action with
additional competitions, providing a platform for young talents and
professionals to showcase their skills. HORECA’s other events included the
Lebanese Barista Competition, the Lebanese Bartenders Competition, the Bed
Making Competition, the Art of Service Competition, Atelier Gourmand and the
National Extra Virgin Olive Oil Contest.

Over 18,000 trade
professionals attended the 2018 edition of HORECA to discover the newest products
and to take advantage of the show’s unique networking opportunities.

Held under the
patronage of Lebanese Minister of Tourism, H.E. Mr. Avedis Guidanian HORECA’s
25th edition opened on March 20 under the theme “From Lebanon to the World,”
giving eminence to the country’s traditional flavors. During the ceremony,
five Lebanese pastry shops were honored by Hospitality Services and the
Syndicate of Owners of Restaurants, Night-Clubs, Cafes and Pastries, for their
pivotal role in elevating Lebanese cuisine. The recipients included: Amal
Bohsali, Hallab Qasr el Helou 1881, Al Baba Sweets, Douaihy and Rafaat Hallab.

Managing director of
Hospitality Services, Joumana Dammous-Salamé said, “The growth in attendees and
exhibitors year-on-year reaffirms HORECA’s position as the key trade-only event
in the region and the place where hospitality and foodservice professionals,
decision-makers, experts and participants unite. We are committed to providing
what the industry needs and build on our past successes.”

  

The Hospitality Salon Culinaire

For its 19th
edition, the Hospitality Salon Culinaire put the skills of more than 300 of the
most promising chefs to the test. Through four days of intense competitions,
challenges, live cooking and display contests, the culinary stars were chosen
by a panel of top international judges.

The Jury panel:

Organizing
Committee:

Joe Barza             
        The Lebanese Terroir
Culinary Artist

Maroun Chedid             Owner of Maroun Chedid SAL

Charles Azar          
      President of the delegation
of L’Academie Nationale de Cuisine Middle East and Gulf countries

The Jury:

Domenico Maggi           Continental Director for Europe South,
Italy

Francois Pozzoli            Best Craftsman of France “Baker”
2004, Founder of the World Bread Contest

George Damianou         President Cyprus Chefs Association

Guillaume Gomez          Best Craftsman of France, President of
the French Republic Chefs

Khalid Abu Eid               President of the Jordanian Chefs
Association

Lucien Veillet                  President of L’Académie Nationale de
Cuisine, France

Tarek
Ibrahim                 Certified Master Chef of Meat and
Livestock, Australia

Thomas A. Gugler          President
of the World Association of Chefs' Societies (WACS)

Henri Poch            
       Best Craftsman of France

Tony Kitous          
        Founder of Comptoir Libanais
Group, UK

Mehmet Gok                 Director of Culinary Dogus
Group Hotels Turkey

Samaan Hilal                  Head
of the Hospitality Salon Culinaire Kuwait, Managing partner Brainsteam –
Kuwait/Lebanon

Eric Briffard          
        Best Craftsman of France, Executive Chef and
Director of the Culinary Arts at Le Cordon 

                                     Bleu, Paris

Mohamad Mousa            Banquet
Chef, Four Seasons Hotel Damascus, Syria

Pascal Molines                Best Craftsman of France, World Champion
in Pastry, France

Zyad Hilal             
        Active member in Kuwait Chef
Club, Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, Academy national de cuisine,

                                    member
of  HORECA Kuwait Hospitality Salon
Culinaire organizing committee

Lebanese army
Competition guest judges:

Youssef Akiki           
Executive Chef Burgundy Beirut

Souheil Ghazal          Executive
chef at Le Royal Hotel – Beirut

Guest Chef:

Mustafa Seif             
Winner of Top Chef Middle East Season 2

 

Gold Winners:

Categories

ESTABLISHMENT

Participant'S
Name

MEDAL

Best Chocolate Egg

Curli-Q

Rida Abou Sari

1st
Gold

Phoenicia
Hotel Beirut

Hany
Meknas

Gold

 

Best Croissant (Cheese)

Lancaster
Plaza

Mohamad
Hamoud

Gold

 

Best Éclair

Casino
du Liban

Jean
Makary

Silver

Curli-Q

Rida Abou Sari

Silver

 

Best Macaron

Fulcrum
– LBACC sal

Ali
Khatib

Gold

 

 

 

 

Bread Creation (Best Baguette)

Four
Seasons Hotel Beirut

Khodor
Matar

Silver

Lily's

Rajeh
Sahmarani

Silver

 

Bread Creation (Gluten Free)

Oh!
Bakehouse sal

Barkev
Kasparian

Silver

 

Wedding Cake

Le
Royal Hotel Beirut

Elias
Fares

Gold

 

Open Showpiece

Le Noir Atelier du Chocolat

Michel
Kawzali

1st
gold

Le
Royal Hotel Beirut

Georges
Abou Kassem

Gold

 

Theme Celebration Cake

Patisserie
Lolita

Wissam
Chartouny

Gold

 

Three Plated Dessert Presentation

Four
Seasons Hotel Beirut

Rayane
Mouallem

1st
Gold

Le
Royal Hotel Beirut

Rami
Haddad

Gold

 

Fruits and/or Vegetables Carving

RATRACCC
S.A.R.L – Treats Caterers

Charbel
Abdel Nour

Gold

 

Cold Platter Of Fish (Terrine)

Le
Royal Hotel Beirut

Georges
Nohra

Gold

 

Six Course Set Dinner Menu

Le
Royal Hotel Beirut

Omar
Khoder

Gold

 

Burger Challenge

Le
Gray Hotel

Ahmad
Zayden

1st
Gold

Le
Royal Hotel Beirut

George
Abdo

Gold

Raouche
Arjaan by Rotana

Ali
Hammoud

Gold

 

Prunelle Senior Sandwich Challenge

Le
Royal Hotel Beirut

Joseph
Aoun

1st
Gold

Fulcrum
– LBACC sal

Afif
Kaaki

Gold

Phoenicia
Hotel Beirut

Mohammad
Zein

Gold

 

Hot & Cold Tapas

Phoenicia
Hotel Beirut

Ahmad
El Ess

Gold

Mystery Basket

SUD
Restobar

Fayad
Bakro

Gold

Jacks Creek Perfect Steak
Challenge

Phoenicia
Hotel Beirut

Jad
Khichen

1st
Gold

Four
Seasons Hotel Beirut

Elias
Abou Nader

Gold

Lebanese Sandwich

Phoenicia
Hotel Beirut

Bial
Marwan Fakhro

1st
Gold

Four
Seasons Hotel Beirut

Mohammad
Abou Arabi

Gold

Manouche Saj Challenge (Sweet)

Le
Royal Hotel Beirut

Elie
Sfeir

Gold

Revised Plated Lebanese Dessert

Le
Royal Hotel Beirut

Danielle
Ghazal

Gold

Two Course Lebanese Menu

Kempinski
Summerland Hotel & Resort

Hussein
Tabbaja

1st
gold

Mohammad
Mtayrek

Four
Seasons Hotel Beirut

Saad
Tarabay

Gold

Rabih
Ayad

Lebanese Army Competition

Officers
Club Jounieh

Antonio
Al Chalouhi

Silver

Nicolas
Metri

Ziad
Taleb

Hot & Cold Lebanese
Appetizers-Junior

Institut de Gestion des
Entreprises (USJ)

Carelle
Haddad

1st gold

Ziad
Hajjar

Ecole Hotelière Dekwaneh

Houssein
Tlayje

Gold

Elissa
Tabet

Ecole hoteliere -Tripoli

Mohamad
Assoum

Gold

Maamoun
Diab

Hospitality School – Bir Hasan

Ali
Tofaily

Gold

Malak
Bazo

Junior Chef Cooking Competition

Arts, Sciences & Technology University (AUL)

Majed
Abed Al Rahman

Gold

Chady
Chatila

Prunelle Junior Sandwich Challenge

Ecole
hoteliere -Tripoli

Rouba
Tarraf

1st Gold

Institut de Gestion des
Entreprises (USJ)

Michel
Naoum

Gold

American
University Of Technology (AUT)

Joseph
Saab

Gold

American
University Of Technology (AUT)

Joe
Khoury

Gold

American
University Of Technology (AUT)

Rena
Al Chaer

Gold

American
University Of Technology (AUT)

Rita
Chayban

Gold

Ecole
hoteliere -Tripoli

Ahmad
Chlaylet

Gold

 

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