About Kamal

As a first generation American with strong ties to my parents' native Lebanon, I spent many summers visiting my family in the villages of Aley and Deir Koubel, a few miles outside of Beirut.  In those days, Beirut was referred to as "the Paris of the Middle East."  

My appreciation for the foods and traditions of Lebanon developed in to a professional career as a Lebanese chef.  For over 20 years, I owned and was the head chef of the premier Mediterranean catering company in Washington D.C.  During those years, my authentic Lebanese dishes and signature classics were offered at events for Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, His Majesty King Abdulla of Jordan, Crown Prince Abdulla of Saudi Arabia, Senators George Mitchell and Barbara Mikulski, and world famous celebrities such as Placido Domingo, Angelica Huston and Francis Ford Coppola.  Selwa "Lucky" Roosevelt, President Ronald Reagan's Chief of Protocol regularly called on me for both diplomatic events as well as for her private parties.  My Lebanese-inspired menus were offered at various Smithsonian Institution museums, The White House, and thousands of events in Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C.  


Equiping the Mediterranean Kitchen Chef Kamal

In 2005, I relocated to Southern California to work exclusively on writing, preparing and testing these recipes that I have perfected over the last two decades in order to share my experiences and love for Lebanese food in Classic Lebanese Cuisine - 170 Fresh and Healthly Mediterranean Favorites.