Haidar Karoum is the chef and owner of Chloe, his first solo restaurant in Washington D.C.’s southeast waterfront. In 2018, Chloe was included in the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand list.
Prior to opening Chloe, Karoum was the executive chef/partner of Doi Moi, Estadio and Proof in Washington D.C. Under his leadership, Estadio earned a two-and-a-half star review from The Washington Post, a three-star review from Washingtonian magazine, and was a semifinalist for a James Beard Foundation award in the Best New Restaurant category in 2011. That same year, the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) awarded Estadio Best New Restaurant of the Year.
Karoum was named a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation awards Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic category in 2009 and 2014. Also in 2014, he was named RAMW Chef of the Year.
Karoum spent years under esteemed D.C. restaurateur and chef Nora Pouillon, first as a sous chef at her eponymous Restaurant Nora, and eventually working his way up to executive chef at Asia Nora. At Poullion’s restaurants, Karoum not only immersed himself in eastern flavor profiles, learning to meld Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian and Japanese influences, but also gaining a love of seasonal cooking and an appreciation for local, organic sourcing. Previous positions in the District include work under Gerard Pangaud at Gerard’s Place and with Michel Richard at Citronelle, positions which gave his cooking a foundation in French technique and an eye for creative approaches to classic cuisine.
Karoum graduated with an associate’s degree in culinary arts and a bachelor’s degree in culinary management from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in New York.