Virgilio has glided from the kitchens of New York’s legendary Lutece, to the Ritz in London, before heading the kitchen at Astrid y Gaston in Madrid (its Lima branch is ranked no. 14 in ‘San Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants’ list in 2013). He has also lived in south east Asia where he has worked with prestigious chefs, and has also extensively travelled unknown areas of his native Peru. In 2010 he opened his critically acclaimed Central Restaurante, which recently made the list of San Pellegrino’s 50 Best Restaurants in the World and is ranked #4 of the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Gabriel, Venezuelan 32, is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of LIMA. He obtained an MBA in HEC, Paris and has extensive experience in the international marketing arena. His true passions are gastronomy and traveling. During one of his most recent trips to Latin America, he visited Peru, and decided with his brother Jose Luis and Virgilio that these unique flavours had to be showcased in London. He recently started his career as an entrepreneur, launching Lima as his first venture.
Robert is the head chef of LIMA. A Peruvian national, he grew up in the Amazon region of the country. His culinary career started in Lima and has taken him through some of London’s top kitchens – in one of which he met and worked with Virgilio, eventually leading to collaboration on the LIMA project. He is thrilled to be able to bring some of the exciting flavours, colours and gastronomic developments of his native land to a European audience.
Justine, French, is the Events and Marketing Co-ordinator at LIMA.
She fell in love with Peru at 18 during her first trip to the country and established a strong relationship since then.
Passionate about travels and the Latin American culture, she studied in Spain and France where she obtained a Masters of American Studies from the Rennes II University.
Before joining LIMA, Justine worked for the Peruvian Tourism Board in Lima and Paris.
Ludo & Silvia
Ludo, French Londoner, is the General Manager of LIMA. From a very early age, he has been interested in food and cooking. He studied at the Ecole de Paris des Metiers de la Table de France.
Dedicated to improving and maintaining high standards of service and quality of food, he found his niche in management in a restaurant environment for the last 20 years.
Before joining LIMA, Ludo was working in prestigious restaurants such as Rhodes 24, Les Ambassadeurs Club London, Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons only to name a few! He is very excited to have joined the Lima team and looks forwards to the challenges ahead for 2014!
Silvia, Spanish, is the Assistant Manager at LIMA. Silvia is passionate about tourism and hospitality. She obtained her tourism degree in Madrid in 2007 and worked for more than 3 years in the tourism industry in Spain.
In 2009 she decided to move to London with new perspectives and work in Hospitality. In 2012, she joined the LIMA team for new adventures.
Luis & Sophia
Luis, Peruvian, and Sophia born Londoner with Indian heritage, are the Supervisors at LIMA.
Both of them are real Peruvian food lovers.
Luis first worked in hospitality in his native town Huaral (North of Lima) as an entrepreneur, where he owned a restaurant during several years. Always looking for new challenges, he decided to move to Europe and explore new horizons. Luis joined the LIMA team last year and is well known to make customers happy.
Sophia joined the team when the LIMA first opened in July 2012. Passionate about fashion, food and culture, she has worked in hospitality since the age of 18, being a Supervisor in Koko for 3 years.
Damiano, from the lovely Napoli, is the Bar Manager at LIMA.
Pro-active and creative, he worked in the bar industry since his young age and achieved since then a high level of professionalism.
Damiano has been exploring South America and Europe where he has discovered new flavors and ingredients that are his signature LIMA cocktails.
Before leading the Bar team at LIMA, Damiano was the Assistant Manager of another Peruvian restaurant Tierra Peru.