Born in Senegal of Lebanese parents, Karim Bourgi moved to Paris at the age of 16. Currently living in Dubai, he is multi-lingual in Arabic, English, French, Italian and Portuguese.
Graduated from Le Cordon Bleu Paris in 2001, he began his career in Beirut at La Cigale followed by Laduree Paris Champs Élysée, Makyan Traiteur, Goû Beirut, Fauchon Paris in Dubai and he developed a number of local concepts specialising in modern luxury patisserie. Currently he is the head pastry chef of Almana Group and the regional development and creation chef for La Maison du Chocolat Paris.
He believes that excellence is achieved by virtue of persistence and surrendering to true passion in pastry. Classed among MOF credited chefs by the industry, he believes that his core strength comes from his popularity with ordinary people, not just food critics; he is their “Patissier of Choice”.