Bogdan Panchenko and Ivan Kukarskih – Founders (shot by Glen Ballis)
With a shared international background and a true ambition to excel in the food and beverage sphere, Ivan and Bogdan struck up a synergetic partnership from day one. In 2013, Ivan founded BB Burgers, which has quickly become one of the most successful burger restaurant chains in Russia. Meanwhile, Bogdan was having his own success becoming a key supplier to the nation’s capital, providing fresh vegetables and fruit from all over Russia.
Glen Ballis – Brand chef
Born in Australia, upon finishing culinary school, Glen worked eight years domestically before moving to Southeast Asia, where he spent the next twenty years fine tuning his trade, before moving to London. In 2006, he was offered a position to open a restaurant in Moscow and he never looked back. From there, he has positioned himself as a business partner with some of Moscow's top restaurants, renowned for their delicious tastes and eclectic styles. In addition, Ballis owns three restaurants in Singapore, which are managed by his son.
Nikita Rendino - Chef
Been in the restaurant business since the age of 16 (Global Point Family and Cococo in Saint Petersburg, Maison Dellos in Moscow). Since September 2019, he has been working in the Lucky Group, together with the team opened the Lucky Izakaya Bar and worked in a sous-chef position until December 2019. The main thing in his work is the realization that you are in your place and respect for each person in the team who makes an effort so that the restaurant is the best among all the others.
Dmitry Romanov – Chief Operating Officer
Graduated with the diploma of ‘The economist-manager in the restaurant and hotel business’, at the age of 18 he started working as a waiter at Cafe ‘The Most’ and after 7 years he became the general director there, led projects in Gorky Park (‘Teplitsa’ and the ‘Peony’ cafe in the cinema ‘Pioneer’). He worked as a manager in restaurants in Moscow (‘Salumeria', ‘Moregrill'). He graduated from the Enotria wine school. He loves dogs.
Maxim Gorelik – Chef Bartender
The career began 7 years ago in Krasnoyarsk: first Maxim worked as a bartender in a small bar, a year later he participated in the opening of a cocktail bar. A couple of years he worked as a bartender in Krasnoyarsk, St. Petersburg and Moscow. At the same time, he took part in Russian and international competitions of bartenders: Cantineros De Rusia, Friends Cocktail Cup, Daiquiri Cup, Bacardi Legacy, DRWС, Disaronno. Prior to the launch of Margarita Bistro and Lucky Izakaya Bar restaurants, he worked as a bartender in Bruce Lee Bar projects and since the opening of CEVICHERIA. Despite the fact that each project is individual and unique, cocktail cards are designed in the same style - with his aesthetics and minimalism.
Elizaveta Yakovets – PR-director
Studying at the Faculty of Media Communications with a degree in Restaurant Marketing, she worked by her profession in Condé Nast publications. Since she was 20 years old she has been involved in restaurant PR. Having gained experience in a large advertising company, she opened her own agency and a year and a half later moved to Margarita Bistro and Lucky Izakaya Bar restaurant group. Key principles in work are maximum involvement, performance analysis and emphasis on brand management.
Dmitry Kipelkin – Chef sommelier
Has been working as a sommelier since 2007. Took several courses in Germany and Burgundy (Ecole de Bourgogne). Dmitry worked as a chief sommelier at the Selfie restaurant of the WRF holding. Essential part of his work is the preparation of wine lists for all segments, as well as navigation through them. He loves wine at all stages - from a vine to a glass in a hand. Appreciates the opportunity to touch the art of talented winemakers.