These cooking challenges will have you turning up the heat! Cook along with some top chefs who will show you how to make easy healthy meals for you and your family. It doesn’t matter if you can’t cook as you will be guided every step of the way and all the equipment and ingredients will be provided for you. These cooking challenges are always popular so make sure you sign up onsite for class up to an half and hour before.
Hicham Kamel (Executive Chef)
Hicham received his Technical Baccalaureate in Culinary Arts from Sagesse University, Beirut, Lebanon in 2001. During the course of his studies, he was enthusiastic about working with Michelin Star Chefs and learning from their vast experiences. He worked with Michelin Star Executive Chefs Pascale Silman, Jack Bruneaux, and David Jobert. He also worked with Italian Chefs Pascale Porcida and Culinary Artist Chef Gianfranco Chiarini. During the course of his career he received the best training and work experience by working in 5 star hotels like Sofitel Le Gabriel and Hotel Monroe in Lebanon. He also worked in high end restaurants such as Salmontini (La Maison du Saumon) in both Beirut and Dubai. From 2007 till 2014, Hicham was the Chef at La Cigal Hotel (5 star) in Doha, Qatar. He was responsible for the fine dining restaurants, the buffet, the a la carte cuisine, and Live Cooking stations. He always had a passion for live cooking and won the Silver Medal at Diyafa Qatar Food Exhibition. Hicham also received many training certificates in HACCP, Food Safety & Hygiene, Customer Experience Edge (Dining Experience) and many others. As part of his new journey to combine his culinary skills with a healthy flair, Hisham decided to join the Slim’n Lite team, to realize his dream of making healthy food a unique fine dining experience.
Mohamed Reda (Executive Pastry Chef)
Mohamed received his degrees in Hotels & Pastry Management from Beirut in 2012. He went on to work with acclaimed chefs in five star hotels such as Movempick Hotel, Intercontinental Phoenicia Hotel, Intercontinental Le Vendome Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel in Beirut, where he learned the art behind pastry and dessert preparation creating scrumptious breads, pastries and tasty treats that please both the eyes and taste buds. He was featured on Lebanese Television Channels and with live baking sessions & Q&A’s. He then traveled to Saudi Arabia where he was Head Pastry Chef at a Bistro Lounge in Al Khobar. In 2018, he joined the Slim’n Lite – National Catering Company Team, as Executive Pastry Chef, with an aim to combine his flair for bread, pastry and dessert preparation and a healthy lifestyle.
Hany Keyrouz (Executive Catering Chef)
Hani received his Technical Baccalaureate in Culinary Arts from Dekwaneh Institute, Beirut, Lebanon in 2006. His career did not end here, he was so ambitious to learn more. In 2009 Hani completed Hotel Management from Centre International Des Sciences Techniques (CIT) and in 2017 he has received training certificate in Food Safety & Hygiene. Hani worked in many restaurants like Paul, La Mie doree and Kay Catering. In 2017, Hani moved to Abu Dhabi and started his journey with Slim’n Lite-UAE, where he takes the position of Executive catering Chef.
Raghda Keblawi (Slimming Manager)
Raghda graduated with a bachelor in Nutrition and Dietetics from the American University of Beirut in 2006, with distinction. After receiving her hospital training where she encountered a range of diverse medical conditions, she was assigned as a senior dietitian for 6 years in one of the first diet centers in the UAE to apply healthy food practices and handle clinical consultations. As part of her job, Raghda did a lot food catering and safety courses related to HACCP and ISO and she was involved in many social events in governmental and private sectors to increase awareness in nutrition & healthy eating and living practices. In 2013, she joined the Slim’ n lite team with a great ambition to continue her passion of educating people and leaving a distinct mark in the field of Dietetics and Food Service.
Hala Dandachi (Dietitian)
Hala graduated with a bachelor in Nutrition and Dietetics from the American University of Beirut in 2013. She has completed her Clinical Nutrition training in Mount Lebanon hospital. Hala then moved to Abu Dhabi and started her career with Slim’n Lite. She assisted in developing healthy menus and recipes.
Vanessa Chihan (Dietitian)
Vanessa graduated from Notre Dame University in Lebanon in 2010. She soon after moved to the UAE, where she joined a healthy food catering clinic in Abu Dhabi. Looking for more clinical experience she joined an acclaimed medical clinic in abu dhabi where she aimed to augment her experience and knowledge in clinical nutrition by continuous learning from her medical doctor colleagues at the clinic. Having gained a wealth of knowledge, she decided to move to Slim’n Lite to apply her experience and knowledge in consulting patients coming to improve their overall health, fitness and wellbeing. Her passion for dietetics and dedication to the profession, allow her achieve long lasting results with those patients who are eager for a long lasting lifestyle change.