12 LEBANESE RESTAURANTS HONORED AT HORECA 2017
Al Ajami, Al Fardos, Al Halabi, Al Sultan Brahim, Burj Al Hamam Casino Arabi, Casino Mhanna, Chez Sami, Kasr Fakhreddine, Le Phenicien, Mounir and Shater Hassan were honored as ambassadors of Lebanese cuisine during the opening ceremony of HORECA on April 4. The initiative was overseen by Hospitality Services and the Syndicate of Owners of Restaurants, Cafes, Nightclubs & Pastries in Lebanon (RCNP). The award recognized the efforts and the commitment the restaurants had shown to taking Lebanese cuisine around the world, which has helped attract huge numbers of tourists to the country and raised the profile of the food tourism segment. Four criteria were used in the decisionmaking, including the longevity of the restaurant (outlets should have been in operation for over 30 years), the superior quality and service they offered and membership of the Syndicate of RCNP. The restaurant should also have gained consent from the Syndicate’s board, Hospitality Services and the Ministry of Tourism.