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Jake Addeo Named Executive Chef at Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca

Washington, D.C. (December 10, 2014)-Ashok Bajaj is pleased to announce the appointment of Jake Addeo as the new executive chef of his award-winning Italian restaurant, Bibiana-Osteria Enoteca, located at 1100 New York Ave, NW, (entrance on 12th and H) 20005.  Addeo brings 16 years of distinguished experience working at some of the most acclaimed restaurants in New York City and Hong Kong.

Most recently Jake Addeo served for three years as executive chef and partner in Trattoria Doppio Zero which opened in Hong Kong in 2011.  Prior to partnering in this award-winning Italian restaurant, Addeo served as executive chef of BLT Steak and BLT Burger Hong Kong, from 2009 to 2011, under celebrity chef Laurent Tourondel.  Chef Addeo also worked for 15 years in New York City before moving to Hong Kong. Here he 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 Pasternack and Mario Batali from 2002 to 2005, and at Felidia from 1998 to 2002, working under Fortunato Nicotra and Lidia Bastianich as executive sous chef.

A native of Puglia Italy, Addeo grew up in New York and received a BA in Hospitality Management from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 1995. He next went on 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 also staged an entire year at three of Italy’s top restaurants, including Due Spada in Milan.

 

Michael King, General Manager/ Wine Director

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 2003 graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Paris, he has spent time 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 kitchen as a chef in Frederick Maryland before heading to Europe. Upon his return to the USA, King spent time working in various notable hospitality establishments in the DC area including Tauraso’s Ristorante, The Crowne Plaza, and the Hilton. From December 2009 until June 2011, he served as the general manger, wine director and owner of Shab Row Bistro & Wine Bar in Frederick, Maryland before joining the Bibiana team.