Chef Abdallah Walid Khodor joins Babylon Rotana Baghdad

Chef Abdallah Walid Khodor joins Babylon Rotana Baghdad

With 25 years of experience under his belt, Abdallah Walid Khodor plans to work his magic in the kitchen of Babylon Rotana Baghdad, where he was recently appointed executive chef. Here, he tells us how it all started and what’s coming.

How did your career begin?
I discovered my culinary talent as a boy scout and decided to become a chef. I studied at Al Kafaat Ain Saade and went on to work at the renowned Saint George Yacht Vlub before taking on roles at other reputable establishments, such as: Intercontinental, Sheraton, Le Gray, Le Bristol, Boubess Group and Ministry of Food. I also made guest appearances on serveral Lebanese and international cooking shows.

What can you tell us about your new role?
As executive chef at Babylon Rotana Baghdad, one of the biggest hotels in Baghdad, I aim to exceed the expectations of my guests with the help of a 70-strong team of professionals. It’s a 24-hour job, and I am excited about what lies ahead.

What do you plan to bring to the table?
True to my Lebanese heritage, I plan to be a culinary ambassador by cooking authentic dishes from my country while adding an Iraqi and international twist. Catering to all tastes and palates is a priority, as we welcome guests from around the world.

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Rita Ghantous

Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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