Jake Addeo, Executive Chef Chef Jake Addeo grew up in New York City and received a BA in Hospitality Management from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 1995. He then went to earn his AOS in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York in 1997, before enrolling in the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners in Piemonte, Italy. He staged for an entire year at three of Italy’s top restaurants, including Due Spada in Milan. Chef Addeo brings 16 years of distinguished experience working at some of the most acclaimed restaurants in New York City. Jake has cooked in several famous restaurants with James Beard award- winning chefs including Abboccato Italian Kitchen, where he served as Chef de Cuisine; Esca under Dave Paternack and Mario Batali and at Felidia under Fortunato Nicotra and Lidia Bastianich as Executive Sous Chef. Most recently, Chef Jake served for 3 years as Executive Chef and Partner at Trattoria Doppio Zero which opened in Hong Kong in 2011. After cooking all over the world, Chef Jake is back stateside, accompanied by his wife Sara and their two lovely daughters Maddie and Tea. Now living in Washington DC, He takes the helm of the kitchen of Bibiana.
Michael King, Group General Manager With 13 years of restaurant experience, Michael King’s love of the hospitality industry and fine wine brought him to Bibiana in August 2011 when Ashok Bajaj tapped him as the new wine director. A native of Maryland and a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Paris, he has spent considerable time in France exploring notable vineyards and restaurants. Through his travels, he learned that the perfect dining experience is the marriage of flavors between the plate and the glass. “You must do everything with love,” is a powerful mantra that King acquired from friend and mentor André Soltner, an internationally celebrated French author, and former chef-owner of New York City’s legendary French restaurant Lutèce. Michael stands by this life-changing phrase since the day he discovered his own passion for culinary exploration. King began his career in the kitchen as a chef before heading to Europe. Upon his return to the USA, King spent time working in various notable hospitality establishments in the DC area. Until June 2011, he served as the general manger and owner of Shab Row Bistro & Wine Bar in Frederick, Maryland before joining the Bibiana team.