16 under 30: Karim Barza

16 under 30: Karim Barza


Karim Barza


Karim Barza, 23
Owner, La Burgeria, Lebanon

License in Hospitality Management
Place of Study
Sagesse Faculty of Hotel Management- Lausanne
First job
Commis at Casper & Gambini’s, Lebanon
“Don’t wait for opportunity – create it.”
Ultimate goal in life
“Make myself proud.”
Advice for the next generation
“Risking is better than regretting.”

Karim Barza took his first steps in the kitchen at the age of 13, during summer vacation, when he began working with his father, the celebrity chef Joe Barza, at Bread and Roses Catering in Lebanon. Aged 17, he joined the Casper & Gambini’s team as a commis de cuisine. He then decided to apply to La Sagesse school of Hotel Management, with plans to specialize in this field. Having his own restaurant was always his ultimate goal and a year ago, Barza felt it was time to make this dream a reality, by opening La Burgeria, in partnership with Isai Kozaily.

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