L’Académie Libanaise de la Gastronomie awards Mickael Gantner, executive chef of Central Beirut

L’Académie Libanaise de la Gastronomie awards Mickael Gantner, executive chef of Central Beirut

Members of l’Académie Libanaise de la Gastronomie met at Centrale restaurant in November to award French chef Mickael Gantner with an honorary diploma from L’Académie Internationale de la Gastronomie.  

Ganter began his career at La Cour d’Alsace in Obernai, France, then worked at La Tour d’Argent before joining Yannick Alleno’s team.
The talented French chef has been leading the kitchen at Centrale since 2013, and despite the challenging situation in Lebanon, he has decided to stay and continue offering gastronomic cuisine at Beirut’s iconic restaurant.
“This award means the world to Centrale, which has maintained an impeccable standard despite the tough times being faced in Lebanon. We have always sourced the best quality products and maintained a service/quality balance that is attractive to our clientele. This award is not only a recognition of the culinary excellence of Centrale restaurant but also of its service and bar. We are among a few bar-restaurant concepts that are still operating after 20 years,” said Ganter.
He added: “I stayed in Lebanon despite the difficulties because I have faith in Centrale. I promised the general director that I would turn it into one of the finest restaurants in Lebanon: a place recognized for its personality, ambience, and delicious food. I am very lucky to be able to continue doing what I enjoy. My family loves Lebanon and is as attached to it as much as I am. I wish Centrale and the Lebanese people nothing but the very best, always.”


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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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