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.
michael mignano, executive pastry chef
As Executive Pastry Chef, Michael Mignano offers skillfully crafted sweets and a breadth of knowledge to his culinary team. His whimsically tempting desserts evoke re-imagined versions of classic flavor pairings.
Chef Michael's restaurant career includes experience in notable New York kitchens such as Bouley, Charlie Palmer’s Steakhouse, Balthazar, and Aureole. When he first joined The Pierre 20 years ago, Mignano was the hotel’s youngest Executive Pastry Chef at 23.
Michael is co-author of the bestselling cookbook, The Pastry Chef's Little Black Book. In 2017, he won the Iron Chef Rooftop Showdown competition at the New York Food & Wine Festival, besting 29 other leading chefs. He was also recognized by Dessert Professional magazine as one of the Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America. Michael has been featured on ABC's The View, Food Network’s Sweet Genius and Fox 5 NY's Good Day New York. Follow Chef Michael on Instagram.