Patrick Chauchereau –Chef de Cuisine–
Patrick’s career has been driven by his passions – hunting, golf and food, each supporting the other. Born in Paris into a ‘food crazy’ family, he was lucky to begin work in an era when jobs were plentiful and the great chefs actually taught their apprentices the secrets of the trade, rather than making them chop tomatoes for years on end. Patrick moved from restaurant, a few weeks here, a few months there, working under some of the 20th century’s finest chefs in Paris, France. In October 1971 he became Chef de Parti at Le Pot-au-Feu at Asnières in Paris with chef/owner extraordinaire, Michel Guẻrard. The restaurant was an instant success, gaining two Michelin stars in 1972 with a waiting list for bookings three months in advance! On one occasion, Senator Edward Kennedy turned up with his entourage and they dined in the only space available, the gent’s lavatory! Patrick closed Le Pot-au-Feu in 1975 when the area was redeveloped and for the next four years he was the chef at Cap d’ Agde, the home of the French Open, which includes 65 tennis courts! During a hunting trip to Cameroon, he bought a dilapidated restaurant in Libreville, Gabon, starting as a pizzeria and evolving into the only fine cuisine restaurant in the city. After five years, he took a year off in Florida where he spent a year playing golf! This lead to eight years in Morocco where he took stewardship of the Golf Club restaurant before starting his own French restaurant in the old town. It was sold after 911 and Patrick was invited to Bali to open Lola restaurant in Seminyak, then later, The Ramayana in Candidasa. In April 2008, Christian Vanneque asked him to join forces to open Sip Wine Bar where he remains to this day and where we all enjoy his outstanding talent.
Putra Puniasa –General Manager–
Puniasa began work as a kitchen steward at the Sheraton Nusa Indah in Bali where he saved to pay for hotel school. After graduating, Putra took various positions, at the Aston in Tanjung Benoa and then at The Ritz-Carlton also in Bali. From 2000 till 2003 he was Head Bartender at The Living Room restaurant where he gained an appreciation for the wine trade and afterwards was the Senior Bartender for all the Como Group properties in Bali. In the summer of 2005, Putra left Indonesia for the United States where he occupied various positions, first at the Tomato Patch Pizzeria and Grill in North Carolina, where he was a chef during the day and a bartender at night! In the winters he would work at the Hyatt in Breckenridge, Colorado where he was a server. Such a varied career path made him an ideal candidate for management training and when Christian started to set up Sip Wine Bar, he offered Putra the Bar Manager position and then quickly promoted him to General Manager.