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Chef Elia

Seasoning the traditional to bring the contemporary out

Elia is your 4.7 star chef in Beirut, for hire to cook French & Iranian & Japanese cuisines. Elia is excited to create your exclusive culinary experience with ChefXChange!



Private Chef

Summary of where the Chef’s cuisine is inspired from and how he/she goes about expressing it

Margo's cooking inspired me. Margo was my mother, I learnt the very authentic and the very traditional from her. She used to cook with love, that's what I do.

List of the Chef's favorite ingredients

  • Garlic
  • Coriander
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • Coconut Milk
  • Thai Green Curry Paste
  • Seville Oranges
  • Saffron
  • Spices


  • French
  • Iranian
  • Japanese
  • Lebanese
  • Thai

Experiences Provided

  • Private Chef
  • Catering

How did the Chef learn how to cook and what is his story?

It all started while watching my mother prepare her extravaganza dishes for a family of six men. I began with her recipes and directions years back, practicing until I almost reached her perfection, and along the years slowly and passionately cooked the very traditional, old fashioned, sometimes street food of every cuisine possible. La Nouvelle Cuisine is good, but I personally prefer the real thing. Needless to say that I dropped 35 long years of a successful career in the finance industry for the love of cooking.


  • Amateur


Passionate cook (Aug 1997 - Aug 2015)

Work Experience

Tawlet Souk el Tayeb
Head Chef (Dec 2013-Apr 2014)

I loved the concept, I loved the team, I loved the spirit, I loved the clientele. It was a great experience. I wanted to cook freely, no restrictions, it did not materialize. I asked to be excused.


Beirut, Lebanon
Travel: 150 kms

Language Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Arabic
  • Cancellation Policy

    • Strict
      No refund after booking is made
    Reviews from Foodies:
    Offline Booking
    July 2016
    Nous avons été très satisfaits de la prestation du Chef tant sur la qualité, la présentation, l’hygiène, la gestion du temps etc… Bravo Chef! Merci une fois encore de votre aide afin de nous aider a faire de cet événement un succès.
    March 2016
    Great food, amazing culinary experience. Highly recommended !
    December 2015
    Chef Elia was a delight to have. A passionate, an entertainer, you name it. He made our evening and his shrimp coconut soup with coconut rice was delicious. Highly recommended!
    Chef Mayas
    October 2015
    Chef Elia, the hippie soul, is a very sweet and lovable guy. His food touched us just as much as his bubbly personality and he wanted everyone to make sure they got a taste. His lobster soup had an exquisite texture and his persian toot were delightful.
    October 2015
    Chef Elia is not only a great Chef, but an amazing entertainer. His story and adventures will keep you entertained all night. Chef by passion and not by profession, Chef Elia cooks with his heart and soul and offers tasty and generous cooking. His Iranian dishes are a delight!