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.
Pavel Polyakov - Head manager
Started working at the age of 17 as a busboy. He worked at the Ginza Project, where he built a career and eventually became a manager. For the past three years, he has worked with William Lamberti as territorial manager. He opened several projects, including Montfiori, Celentani, participated in the opening of Sartoria Lamberti and was engaged in the risk-management at the Nofar restaurant which is part of the Novikov group of companies. Also he worked at Eva greek restaurant. A restaurant is like a clockwork, where every detail is important, and the heart of the movement is always the team.
Vasiliy Zaitsev – Chef
Started his career 15 years ago. Learned the art of cooking in Hong Kong and Beijing. As a chef he took part in the opening of such projects as Zodiac, Chicha, Sakhalin. He was the head of the Tinto Mediterranean restaurant. Likes to travel to the countries of Southeast Asia and the Pink Floyd group.
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.
Artur Mirasov - bar manager
Artur Mirasov started his career back in 2014 in Krasnoyarsk. Later on he moved to Moscow and worked as a bartender at Margarita Bistro. He has always been a part of Lucky Group projects: since its opening, he worked as a bartender at Lucky Izakaya and then became the bar manager at Loro and Koji. He showed impressive results in a variety of competitions: he took second place in Monin cup Russia 2018, he was the two-time finalist of Licor 43 Russia 2018-2019, the finalist of art of Italicus Russia 2019 and global finalist of Russia Tio Pepe Challenge 2020. The main thing in work is the emotional attachment to the project. This allows you to overcome all difficulties.
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.