Radisson Blu Martinez appoints new head chef

Radisson Blu Martinez appoints new head chef


Radisson Blu Martinez appoints new head chef Radisson Blu Martinez appoints new head chef Najib Kalouch

Chef Najib Kalouch

Radisson Blu Martinez hotel, Beirut recently appointed Najib Kalouch as its new head chef. Kalouch started his career working at the Metropolitan hotel before moving to Le Gray for a nine-year stint.

Chef Najib has a strong background in the F&B division with 16 years of experience. He is expected to optimize the hotel’s entire kitchen operation. His leadership skills and performance-oriented approach make him the ideal candidate for the position at Le Gray.

Kalouch is also expected to revisit and introduce a new menu to the hotel’s restaurant Olivos by offering more international specialties. Another task that is his charge includes the development of his staff’s knowledge base and skill set.

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Chef Kalouch will assume the responsibilities of the hotel’s former chef, Palash Gomes, who moved to Sharja, UAE as executive chef at Radisson Blu after spending five years in this position back in Beirut.



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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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