Chef Maxime’s Culinary Journey to Beirut

“Chef Maxime provided Michelin class experience for our dinner party. Food was inventive without being pretentious, dishes were plated beautifully and tasted divine. We had quite a few challenging dietary requirements, and Chef Maxime hit the mark on every one of them . I highly recommend Maxime as he is not only quite a wizard in the kitchen, but also very personable and warm individual.”

– Foodie Irada, on her private dinner event with Chef Maxime.

For our third collaboration between ChefXChange and Kitchenlab–for which we bring international and renowned Master Chefs to Lebanon–we are pleased to bring to you a unique opportunity to enjoy a Culinary Experience with the acclaimed Chef Maxime. He will be available for cooking classes and in-house private dinners from Thursday 31 March to Monday 4th April 2016.

Born in Nice, Maxime studied culinary arts and started his career in France. He worked in some prestigious establishments on the French Riviera before moving to London in 2005, where he joined Club Gascon, a Michelin starred restaurant in the heart of the city. He gradually worked his way up the ranks and became Head Chef in 2008.

Chef Maxime

Chef Maxime

In 2012, Maxime moved to Dubai and  took charge as Head Chef at Kitchen 45, situated on the top floor of Grosvenor House Dubai, where he developed a refined Mediterranean menu that received great reviews from guests and the press. He then moved on to become the opening Executive Chef at BOCA, a Mediterranean sharing concept restaurant located in the heart of the vibrant and famous DIFC. Boca received the accolade of 2015 Best European Restaurant voted by Time Out Dubai.

A sneak peek on Chef Maxime’s culinary plans for our passionate foodies in Beirut:

Thursday March 31st from 7-9pm

  • Velouté Froid aux Asperges: Crème Fraîche, Saumon Fumé & Caviar
  • Entrecôte Grillée: Sauce Béarnaise, Pommes Frites
  • Mousse au Chocolat: Confiture de Vieux Garçon 

Friday April 1st from 7-9pm

  • Filet de Maquereau Grillé: Haricots, Beurre Blanc & Aneth
  • Carré d’Agneau Rôti: Artichauts en Barigoule, Oignons Brûlés, Courgettes et Olives Vertes
  • Tarte Tatin: Aux Pommes, Servi avec de la Crème Fraîche 
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    Filet de Maquereau Grillé

Saturday April 2nd from 11am-1pm

  • Pâté de Foies de Volaille: Marmelade à L’Onion et au Porto
  • Sole Meunières: Puree Mousseline, Beurre Noisette
  • Macarons: Aux Framboises et Chocolat

Maxime is a food lover and he has dedicated his career to it. He believes in honest, responsible cooking delivered with skill, flair and elegance. His cooking style is inspired by the Mediterranean, more specifically from Provence, his native region in France. So what are you waiting for? Book your spots now! Still hesitant? Here’s another review for you:

“This is one of the loveliest culinary experiences that we as a family will cherish for a long time to come. The reason why I booked Chef Maxine is because I love Boca and wanted to actually see whether the same experience could be replicated at home. Not only was it replicated, the evening surpassed all my expectations. I don’t remember when was the last time we as a family sat by the table for hours and just let Chef Maxine pamper us by bringing each dish to the table. I love interacting with chefs but to interact with a chef who is cooking for us–in our own kitchen–that was a novel experience. We loved the experience so much that we gifted a ChefXChange voucher to a friend on her special occasion.”

– Foodie Ishita