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JOSE MANUEL SABRERA

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Born and raised in Peru, Jose Manuel Sabrera Meza began his culinary career from an early age, influenced by his granduncle who had a close relationship with him. Chef Manuel chose to learn cooking from his granduncle instead of playing in the playground when he was just a youngster, they would cook side by side for their families and everyone would enjoy the meal together around the table, he treasures these times spent together.

At the age of 16, Chef Manuel started his first job in a traditional Peruvian restaurant, then he was trained from the renowned Le Cordon Bleu Lima, embracing his career with passion. He joined the team at Astrid y Gaston in Lima, No.14 in the list of World’s 50 Best Restaurants, which was later named No.1 in the inaugural list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants at the time he worked there. The experiences he gained and the technique he learnt gave him a solid knowledge of Peruvian ingredients. He learnt Peruvian Cuisine at its best.

Chef Manuel continues to introduce authentic Peruvian cuisine to Hong Kong diners, the intention to recreate the casual, fun and relaxed experience you can find when dining in Lima remains.

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MASSIMO PETOVELLO

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Award-winning mixologist Massimo Petovello brings over a decade of experience to ICHU. In his role, Massimo is responsible for bar operations and leads the creative direction of the restaurant’s beverage programme.

Hailing from Northern Italy, Massimo honed his craft at leading international hospitality and restaurant groups. Then a rising star mixologist, he spent four years at the helm as Head Bartender of Aqua Restaurant Group. During his tenure, he was nominated as a finalist in Diageo Reserve World Class 2013 (London) and led the pre-opening team for Aqua Shard.

His career has taken him around the globe from United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and finally to Hong Kong in 2017. Prior to joining ICHU, Massimo was the Bar Manager of Buenos Aires Polo Club.

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French-born Nil Chaib is the General Manager of ICHU. Having worked for internationally renowned hospitality and lifestyle groups, Nil brings a passion for delivering genuine and memorable experiences to guests.

Nil has been immersed in the restaurant industry for over a decade and his extensive career has taken him from Paris, London, Spain and to Hong Kong in 2015. Prior to ICHU, Nil spent two years at The Optimist as General Manager, where he was part of the pre-opening team.

In his role at ICHU, Nil is responsible for front of house operations. Energetic and engaging, he brings the restaurant concept to life through his knowledge of Peruvian culinary traditions.