ChefXchange 2015 in Rewind

2015 has been a tumultuous and exciting year. We’ve experienced growth & expansion, listened & learned, and gotten to participate in many innovative events. Read on to see a recap of some of our proudest milestones of the year 2015.

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We graduated from the first ever Food & Tech acceleration program, DIGEATALL, at the Basque Culinary Center in San Sebastian, Spain (the food capital of the world!). Our co-founders Karl Naim & Marc Washington pitched in front of an investment panel composed of angel investors, venture capitalists, Michelin star Chefs, and top executives of the food industry. We finished in 2nd place!

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DIGEATALL Participants

Dubai Launch

We held our inaugural ribbon-cutting ChefXchange event at both the Impact Hub Dubai and the renowned Opera Gallery in the prestigious Dubai International Financial Center in February. We showcased the culinary creations of a selection of the Dubai Chefs active on our platform to Foodies, Chefs, Food Bloggers (Foodiva, Memoirs of a Taste Bud, to name a few…) & media. We were floored by the open armed reception we received in Dubai!

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Feature from Caterer Middle East

Beirut Launch

In October, we hosted our official Beirut launch event at the UK Lebanon Tech Hub – an International initiative jointly kick-started by Banque Du Liban and the UK Government through the British Embassy in Beirut. We featured a selection of our talented platform pioneering chefs (Chef Karim, Chef Elia, Chef Rima) in Beirut. Thank you Arabnet and OuiSociety for your amazing coverage!

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Co-Founders Marc and Karl

Beirut Cooking Festival

We debuted at the Beirut Cooking Festival in mid-November and collaborated with Chef Farid Chehab of Kitchen Central, who offered a range of canapés to our booth guests. We were more than happy with acclaimed blogger Beirutista’s opinion of our display!

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Canapé’s Start-up Awards

We were flattered when it was announced that we were shortlisted for’s 2015 Start-up of the Year Award. We attended the Gala dinner and were blown away by all of the innovative minds present. Congratulations again to Fetchr, the winner of the Start-up of the Year Award!

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Francois (Head of Marketing), Alexandra (Community Manager, Dubai), Suzanne (Digital Marketing), & Karl (Co-Founder)

Washington, DC Launch

In December, we hosted our Food Photography themed inaugural event in Washington, DC at the WeWork Wonder Bread Factory. We showcased five of our private chefs (Chef Ayah, Chef Dadisi, Chef Kari, Chef Giovanni & Chef Linda), who prepared various canapé and tastes of their signature dishes. Check out the hashtag #ChefXchangeDC to see photos that guests took at the event!

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Megumi (Community Manager, DC) & Marc (Co-Founder)

BDL’s Accelerate 2015

We were one of the finalists for Banque du Liban’s Accelerate 2015 Early Stage Startup Competition, one of many components of the BDL Accelerate 2015 “Emerging Startup Ecosystems” themed International Start-up Conference.

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Karl (Co-Founder) Pitching at BDL


2015 has been a year of growth–growth of the company and equally as important, growth of our team. We’re continually focusing on building a solid international team of marketers and community managers to help facilitate sustainable growth.

We have also worked hard to build our team of talented chefs in our hubs of Dubai, Beirut, London, DC and beyond. Here are our top-rated chefs by city:

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Of course, growth is not achievable without support. So many people have believed in us and supported us along the way: Melinda Healy from The National, Jocelyne Elia from Asharq Al Awsat, Tamara Pupic from Arabian Business Start Up, Fida Chaaban from Entrepreneur ME, Sahar Al Attar from Le Commerce du Levant, Ishita B. Saha of Ishita Unblogged, and Danielle Issa of Beirutista–to name a few. Thank you ALL for your continued support. We are very much looking forward to ringing in the New Year and embracing 2016!

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