APRIL, 2017: HORECA, the annual meeting place for the hospitality and foodservice industries, rounded off a spectacular four days at Beirut’s BIEL exhibition center on Friday the 7th of April. Spotlighting the latest innovations, trends and developments in the hospitality and foodservice sectors in Lebanon, the event was hailed a resounding success, bringing together more than 25 local and international experts in more than 60 daily competitions, events, demonstrations and workshops. The rich program was enjoyed by more than 18,000 local, regional and international visitors who were able to source new products from over 350 stands.
In its commitment to reward talent and creativity, the exhibition hosted the renowned Hospitality Salon Culinaire, an event endorsed by WACS and L’Académie Nationale de Cuisine, for the 18th consecutive year. Through more than 30 live cooking and display competitions, the profile of more than 300 chefs in Lebanon was elevated as they were judged by a panel of leading international chefs including WACS president, Thomas A. Gugler, three-Michelin star chef Thomas Bühner, Meilleur Ouvrier de France Guillaume Gomez, certified master chef Tarek Ibrahim, and world pastry champion Thierry Bamas, to name just a few. Special competitions were also held for the Lebanese army chefs to highlight their skills.
Gold medal winners at the Hospitality Salon Culinaire were awarded cash prizes and international training opportunities.
Elsewhere, the Junior Chef Competition provided a platform for young talents and professionals to showcase their skills, while the Atelier Gourmand staged a series of exciting workshops with French chefs working in Lebanon.
HORECA returns to Beirut, Lebanon on 20-23 March 2018 for its 25th edition.