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Leading International Master Celebrity Chef, Joe Barza heading to South Africa in May 2019

Chef Joe Barza JoziStyle Marble Restaurant

Chef Joe Barza, world-renowned for his specialization in Lebanese Cuisine, is heading for South Africa this May. This self-proclaimed Lebanese Terroir Culinary Artist will be hosting three exclusive dinners alongside Chef David Higgs, at leading live-fire restaurant, Marble. The dinners will be held on 28, 29 and 30 May – tickets are R750 per person.

Barza, who has more than 30 years of professional cooking and kitchen management experience, will ‘take-over’ the Marble kitchen for the three-day visit. Guests can expect a range of traditional and Lebanese-inspired dishes featuring flavours and tastes that he has become internally recognized for.

“Marble is incredibly proud to be hosting a chef of Joe’s caliber and international standing,” says David Higgs, Chef and partner at Marble Restaurant. “Joe’s visit gives us the chance to offer our local customers something new, but it also gives our Marble team an opportunity to learn from one of the top chefs in the world.”

The two culinary heavy-weights met in 2011 when they were both guest chefs at the annual Les Etoiles de Margins. The annual festival, which started in 2006 as a tribute to Roger Vergé, the emblematic leader of the Moulin de Mougins; hosts over 100 international chefs each year.

In addition to being featured on major international media channels including CNN and The New York Times, Barza won the World Champion title for Tuna in Carlo Forte, Sardinia, and received many international recognitions and awards including but not limited to the “Master Chef” designation in 2010.

“Marble is a celebration of quintessential South African fare and cooking on fire. Marble embodies South African’s love of cooking on fire, a quality that makes our food culture different from the rest of the world. I’ve long been fascinated by what makes South African fare unique, and I believe it’s down to us being meat and flame enthusiasts – the timeworn ritual of cooking on wood fires, and gathering with friends. That’s what Marble celebrates – and not just meat, but all types of ingredients cooked on coals – including fish, poultry, vegetables and breads.” Chef David Higgs.

“Not only is Joe a worldwide culinary icon, but he’s also a friend. He loves connecting with people and we’re really excited that he’s coming to spend time with us, our team and our customers,” Higgs concludes.

Booking is essential for each dinner, and it costs R750 per person – this includes: Middle Eastern starter tapas on the table on arrival, main and dessert. Drinks are excluded. To secure your spot call Marble on 010 594 5550 or email reservations@marble.restaurant – space is limited.

Joe Barza, an international Master Celebrity Chef, is world-renowned for his specialization in Lebanese Cuisine.

With more than 30 years of professional cooking and kitchen management experience, Chef Joe proudly positions himself as the Lebanese Terroir Culinary Artist.

Backed with years of professionalism, dedication, and achievements, Joe Barza introduced in 2009 his brainchild, the “Joe Barza Culinary Consultancy” specializing in food and beverage consultancy, kitchen design, recruiting services, and training activities.

For Joe Barza, each project is a challenge and a quest to seek new boundaries and to introduce new signature culinary trends; this is why his portfolio is home to over 30 brands of consultancy and endorsement, 100 local and international events participation in 27 countries, and 25 Lebanese Cuisine promotion events in international hotels and culinary establishments.

In addition to being featured on major international media channels including CNN and The New York Times, Joe Barza won the World Champion title for Tuna in Carlo Forte, Sardinia, and received many international recognitions and awards including but not limited to the “Master Chef” designation in 2010. He was also appointed as a jury member in many international culinary competitions and head judge in the Emmy Award-winning television show “Top Chef” in its Middle Eastern version in 2011. Other major achievements include being selected as regional brand ambassador for Procter & Gamble, Hilton Middle East, and NKD Pizza.

Thanks to Joe Barza, the Lebanese Cuisine today competes on an international scale and is ahead of many world-class kitchens when it comes to taste and quality.

When photography meets culinary, the results are extraordinary. This is why, Joe Barza, in partnership with renowned photographer Roger Moukarzel, launched in 2016 the online cooking hub for professionals and amateurs: Kitchinet.com

It is through perseverance, hard work, attention to detail, implementation of international standards, training, and collective improvement, that Joe Barza’s dreams are now being achieved.

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