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.
michael romano, executive pastry chef
Executive Pastry Chef Michael Romano has a rich background in pastry arts that includes overseeing the dessert programs for several of the largest restaurants and hotels on Long Island.
Chef Michael comes to The Pierre after successfully running his own specialty coffee shop, the popular QWNS Café in Astoria. After receiving his degree in baking and pastry arts, he began working for some of the top restaurants, hotels, and pastry shops on Long Island. In 2012, Chef Michael competed against pastry chefs from around the country to win the Food Network’s Sweet Genius. He also taught pastry classes while overseeing the dessert program for the Anthony Scotto Restaurant Group at four of its locations. Upon leaving the restaurant group, Chef Michael started his own consultancy, helping restaurants reach their full potential with a delicate balance of pastry and savory items.
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