ashfer biju, executive chef
Ashfer Biju brings a worldly vision inspired by regional ingredients to Perrine. He has designed a refreshing balance of innovative creations and classics representative of beloved dishes from The Pierre’s vintage menus.
Raised in a family of restaurateurs near Kerala, India, Chef Ashfer grew up with a passion for seafood. After earning his hospitality degree in India, he found his burgeoning career taking him all over the globe—from the Culinary Institute of America to kitchens in Napa Valley, the Maldives, Jean-Georges in London, and throughout Southeast Asia.
In addition to Perrine, Chef Ashfer oversees The Rotunda, Two E Bar & Lounge and special events in The Pierre's legendary function space. He manages a team of 50 cooks and seven sous chefs that, during the busy season, serve up to 5,000 people per day. Follow Chef Ashfer on Twitter and Instagram.
SUZANNE LATAPIE, Director of Restaurants
Director of Restaurants Suzanne Latapie oversees operations at Perrine, The Rotunda and Two E Lounge, bringing over 30 years of industry experience to her role. She launched the popular Upper East Side restaurant, Bistro Chat Noir and remained as CEO until its closing last year. Before establishing Bistro Chat Noir in 2005, she spent 12 years at New York's legendary La Goulue and also worked at such renowned French restaurants in the city as Le Perigord and Sign of the Dove.
A North Carolina native, Ms. Latapie graduated from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and completed post graduate study at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.