April 12, 2018

A Triumphant 25th Edition of HORECA Lebanon

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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