Kareem is the Arabic word for “Generous” – a perfect reflection of Chef Rachid’s philosophy and cuisine. Enjoy the generosity of Kareem’s Lebanese Kitchen through a plethora of delicious flavors. Experience the core value of hospitality, for which the Lebanese culture is well known.
Chef Rachid’s Legacy:
In order to understand Chef Rachid’s culinary heritage we have to take you back in time – at least a couple of generations. Imagine the hustling and bustling streets of Beirut in the early 1940’s. This active metropolis is where people traded and conducted business for thousands of years. This is where Chef Rachid’s grandfather was preparing, on a daily basis, his delicious hummus following his old family recipes. This family tradition was perfected by his father, Chef Jamil, whose talent has been recognized and appreciated by prominent Middle Eastern families, ambassadors and royalty alike.
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Chef Rachid’s Accomplishments:
Growing up surrounded by so much culinary talent, it was inevitable that young Rachid would find his calling in the heat of the kitchen. He was formally trained at the Culinary School of Beirut, a prestigious institution that has matriculated many generations of world class chefs. With that effective training and his family’s legacy, Chef Rachid confidently pursued his passion in life. His career started at the acclaimed Intercontinental Hotel in Beirut, followed by a move to the Four Season’s Hotel in Washington D.C. By this time, he had become a known master of the Lebanese cuisine. His delightful and personalized preparation of a world renown cuisine was soon appreciated by many Middle Eastern families, Embassy’s and well-traveled Americans in the Nation’s Capital.
Chef Rachid’s Restaurant:
With passion, confidence and experience, Chef Rachid decided to offer a taste of his authentic Lebanese cuisine to the residents of Naples and the many national and international visitors to Southwest Florida. Chef and his team look forward to welcoming you at Kareem’s Lebanese Kitchen.