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.
Bidfood KSA and Georges Monin France announced that the coveted Monin Cup 2019 will be held for the very first time in Saudi Arabia. All mixologist and beverage specialists from all across the kingdom are invited to register online and secure a chance to be the Monin Champion in Saudi Arabia and win up to $2,000. The competition will be held under the theme ‘Mix your Origins’. Each candidate can seek inspiration from the best of local and natural ingredients or from Saudi culture and cuisine.
The applying candidates’ age should not exceed 35 and each should have at least two years of professional work experience as a beverage mixologist, bartender, barista or a student at a culinary center. They also must submit two recipes for non-alcoholic beverages (one cold and one hot) using Monin products.
Organized by Monin, the award is a national and international competition for professional beverage specialists, challenging competitors to demonstrate their creative skills whilst using Monin products to craft signature cocktails. Over 10,000 beverage specialists from all across the globe have participated in the international competition. With 100 years of experience, the Monin brand has become a reference in the flavored drink market with a broad range of more than 150 flavors.
The Saudi edition will take place over a two months period with all submissions evaluated to eventually select the top 10 semi-finalists for each geographic region – Riyadh, Jeddah and Al Khobar. The 10 selected semi-finalists will compete in local semi-finals held in Bidfood culinary studios in each region. Based on creativity, presentation and charisma, the three regional champions will then compete for the Monin Cup finals, which will be held 5th December in Riyadh.
Hamza El Shaer, Marketing Manager, Bidfood KSA commented, “The Saudi Monin Cup will provide an opportunity for beverage specialists to live out the passion they have for their profession, push their creative boundaries and demonstrate their competencies and skills in KSA’s fast-growing F&B industry. The competition also aims to encourage and promote high standards, professionalism and expertise in the industry.”
The deadline for submitting entries is September 31st and applications in English and Arabic are accepted.Add to Favorites