Chef Joe Barza, the Celebrity chef with more than 25 years of experience in the culinary field, is partnering with Conrad Cairo’s culinary team to introduce modern Lebanese cuisine at their renowned OAK Grill restaurant. Along with his trademark Cowboy hat, he is known as the “Rebel Chef” as he revived traditional Lebanese dining by combining local ingredients in unconventional ways to create new trend setting revolutionary dishes that have become his trademark.
Chef Barza will work closely with OAK Grill’s team, led by Chef Khaled Mohamady, for the development and creation of some new dishes. In addition to including delectable modern Lebanese options, Barza will add a contemporary Arabian-Mediterranean touch to the menu. Some of these signature dishes include the Shrimp Freekeh Salad, Oak Smoked Chicken Tawouk and Date & Cardamon chocolate fondant.
“Arabian cuisine, especially Lebanese, has always been and will remain my passion. We have a wealthy heritage of mouthwatering dishes that we should celebrate and develop for the whole world to experience,” said Chef Joe Barza. “I’m thrilled to be joining OAK Grill’s team. Conrad Cairo is one of the city’s leading luxury hotels, which makes it a perfect spot for luxurious Lebanese delights.”
Chef Barza has earned award after award in international culinary forums where he has represented his country with pride and honor. In addition to being Founder and Chef Consultant of Joe Barza Culinary Consultancy, he is a member of the Academie Culinaire de France, President of the Lebanese Chefs Association and a member of the organizing committee of the Lebanese Salon Culinaire HORECA. He has also provided culinary support to the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah Hotel in the UAE and the soon to open Hilton Dead Sea in Jordan. Moreover, Chef Barza took part in many recent international events such as Le Festival de Mougins, Slow Food in Terra Madre, Dubai World Hospitality Championship, Culinary Institute in California, La Route des Etoiles in Portugal and the Sydney International Food Festival.
“We’re excited to have Chef Barza join our team. At Conrad Cairo, we are committed to providing guests with unique food experiences and culinary offerings,” said Khaled Mohamady, Sous Chef at OAK Grill – Conrad Cairo. “Over the years, OAK Grill has been successfully bringing the finest culinary innovations to Cairo. I personally can’t wait to work with Chef Barza on the new creations, which are sure to revolutionize the way we prepare and present Lebanese cuisine.” Khaled Mohamady is a veteran Chef, and is one of Conrad Cairo’s senior team members since its opening. Chef Mohamady holds one gold medal and two bronze awards from the Egyptian Chef Association.
OAK Grill will reveal its new concept as a contemporary Lebanese restaurant from September 1st, 2016 and is open daily for dinner and live entertainment.