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Aref Saade has been involved in the business since 1985, supplying specialist chefs and Japanese ingredients for restaurants and hotels. He has been working closely with chefs specialized in Japanese cuisine for many years, his experience extends to the Far East. The Shogun Lounge - Japanese restaurant was opened by Aref in Beirut in 1998. The entire concept and diverse menu were created and continually evolved by himself, gaining enormous recognition and popularity across the region. In 2009, Aref Saade has been awarded "Best Restaurateur of the Year", at Grumpy Gourmet event in Jordan. In 2006, He has been elected as Treasurer in the Syndicate of Owners of Restaurants, Cafés, Night-Clubs and Pastries in Lebanon. He currently represents the Syndicate in the Lebanese Japanese friendship committee. He is also the Syndicate representative in the Lebanese Standards Institution (Libnor) meetings to prepare the food safety manual that was approved by the government. He is the owner of Shogun Lounge, Shogun to Go delivery outlet, and three other outlets across Lebanon.