Athanasios (Tommy) Kargatzidis and his tastykitchens hospitality group have quietly been a guiding force in the Middle East regional culinary world for over 15 years. Family trips to Europe & Middle East fostered his appreciation for culinary heritage, which blossomed in his studies at Dubrulle French Culinary Institute of Vancouver. This was only the beginning of the culinary journey.
Founder Athanasios, has showcased his passion and skills with a range of cuisines from Japanese to bakeries to Middle Eastern BBQ, which brought him to some of the most talked about ethnic kitchens. In 2016, Athanasios finally realised his life long dream in his adopted home Beirut and seamlessly melded his European culinary expertise with his nomad travel roots to create BARON. There, he serves what he likes to eat influenced from his adopted homeland; an eclectic range of foods, in a room he wants to be in - casual, unfussy and welcoming, with the music he wants to play.
The industry has followed, and BARON has become the destination for chefs, artists, restaurateurs and loads of happy guests.