“What happens when you put José Silva, Jonathan Mallet, Louella Mathews and, finally Ambroise Moriceau together? You create the ‘Dream Team’, and I don’t say this lightly… Best wine bar in Sydney.” – Franz Scheurer, Australian Gourmet Pages
“[R]un by some of Sydney’s best-credentialed restaurant staff” – Elizabeth Meryment, Taste Confidential
Head Chef/Restaurateur: Jose Silva
A Portugal-native, Silva, gained acclaim as Head Chef of Guillaume Brahimi’s 3-hat Opera House restaurant for 12 years until it’s relocation to Paddington in 2013. This is reflected in bibo’s menu with a combination of traditional Portuguese fair with classic french cooking techniques – a delicious combination. He also owns Petersham bakery, Sweet Belem, which is famed for ‘the best Portuguese tarts in Sydney’ – which are featured on the bibo menu. More recently he opened up casual eatery FICH at Petersham specialising in sustainable fish and chips.
Manager/Restaurateur: Jonathan Mallet
Mallet hails from France and began his hospitality career in the high end restaurants of Paris, including the Lutetia and a stint at the three Michelin starred Le Pré Catelan, before moving to Australia in 2010. Mallet worked with Silva at Guillaume at Bennelong before being promoted to Restaurant Manager at Guillaume Paddington. His passion has always been food and wine, discovering new wines and new restaurants weekly. And more recently started collecting wine for his own personal cellar.
Head Sommelier: Louella Mathews
Mathews started her hospitality career in Orange, before moving to Sydney in 2013. She honed her skills over three years within the Rockpool Group. She was promoted to Beverage Administrator at Rockpool Bar & Grill, where she managed the wine list and cellar, which boasted over 4000 wines including a private cellar. Mathews has successfully completed the Court of Master Sommeliers Level 2: Certified Sommelier, as well as Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 certification and is a wine judge regularly in the Australian Wine Show Circuit. Every year she travels overseas to discover new wine regions, her travel list boasting Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, Central Otago, Piedmont, Champagne, Alsace, Bordeaux and Loire Valley.