Jihad Dfouni New Executive Chef of Hilton Riyadh

Jihad Dfouni New Executive Chef of Hilton Riyadh

Hilton Hotels announced the promotion of Jihad Dfouni from Executive Chef in Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand and Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace  to the newly opened Hilton Riyadh.

With around 30 years’ experience in the hospitality sector in Dubai, Beirut and Lebanon, Dfouni brings to the table extensive culinary expertise in different types of cuisines. In his new role, Dfouni will be in charge of the hotel’s central kitchen operations, managing dining facilities and room service.  

Expressing his delight with his promotion, Dfouni commented: “I am excited to embark on this new gastronomical adventure.”


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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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