Lebanese Chef Chadi Karam’s successful new chapter at Le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire in Shanghai

Lebanese Chef Chadi Karam’s successful new chapter at Le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire in Shanghai

Hailing from the vibrant streets of Beirut to Shanghai’s bustling thoroughfares, chef Chadi Karam’s expertise has played a pivotal role in securing a second consecutive Michelin star for Le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire.

From his early years, chef Chadi Karam’s passion for pastry set in motion a culinary journey. Driven by his love for pastry, he perfected his skills at “Le Notre Paris” and various distinguished training centers. Beginning his professional career at Le Vendome Intercontinental Hotel, he developed his craft under the guidance of chef Charles Azar. Transitioning to the role of pastry chef, he directed the opening and development of the brand “Lily’s” in downtown Beirut. This marked the inception of his global culinary influence. The journey continued in the Maldives, where he assumed the position of pastry chef at Cheval Blanc. Currently, serving as the executive pastry chef at Le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire, he has achieved a significant milestone.

In an exclusive talk with Hospitality News ME, Karam stated: “I am proud to have helped secure the prestigious one Michelin star for the restaurant for the second consecutive year. My culinary prowess was honed through collaborations with esteemed chefs like Charles Azar, Lionel Pelle and Yannick Alleno. In addition to my contributions to luxury brands such as Four Seasons, Intercontinental, Relais et Desserts International and Cheval Blanc. All of this has contributed to the accolade. Adding to the celebration, the distinguished three Michelin-starred Chef Pierre Gagnaire has extended a personal invitation, offering me the opportunity to lead the pastry team at his enchanting restaurant and bakery in the heart of the Capella Hotel, situated in the vibrant and dynamic city of Shanghai. This exciting collaboration promises a harmonious blend of talent and innovation, further enriching Shanghai’s culinary landscape.”


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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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