Jad trained at L’Ecole Hoteliere in Beirut, going on to work in kitchens in Oslo and then London in 2003 where he worked as Head Chef at world-renowned Lebanese restaurant Fakhreldine in Piccadilly, even appearing as a guest judge on Celebrity MasterChef.
In 2009, Jad opened his own Lebanese Beirut street food restaurant, Yalla Yalla, in SoHo. The restaurant opened to glowing reviews from the London press including the Financial Times, The Independent, The Guardian and Time Out who recognised Jad’s chicken liver mezze as one of ‘The Best 100 Dishes in London’ in 2012. The same dish won the heart of TV chef and food critic Tamasin Day-Lewis who included the recipe in her book, Irresistible.
When Jad sold Yalla Yalla in 2016, there were three venues in London (Soho, Fitzrovia and North Greenwich) which continue to flourish. His work and reputation attracted the attention of Co-founder of Black Sheep Restaurants, Christopher Mark, who met with Jad on a research trip to London. Impressed by Jad’s deep understanding of the cuisine and his commitment to authenticity Chris offered him the opportunity to bring his talents to a new city. Jad joined the team at Maison Libanaise in Hong Kong at the end of 2017 where he oversees the kitchens of the iconic building in SoHo serving up authentic Lebanese home cooking, seven days a week.