“What happens when you put José Silva, Jonathan Mallet, [and] Louella Mathews… together? You create the ‘Dream Team’, and I don’t say this lightly… Best wine bar in Sydney.” – Franz Scheurer, Australian Gourmet Pages.
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. If you can’t find him at bibo, he is either surfing the Eastern suburb beaches or in a restaurant/wine bar or pub. His passion has always been food and wine, discovering new wines and new restaurants weekly. And more recently started a collection 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 whilst she successfully completed the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 certification and become a Court of Master Sommeliers Certified Sommelier. Her life is always connected to wine whether she is wine judging for the Young Gun of Wine & Sydney Royal Wine Show, or attending a committee meeting having joined the New South Wales committee for Sommeliers Australia. Driving down to Orange to make her first wine with friend & winemaker Nadja Wallington (Philip Shaw) soon to be pouring at bibo. Or organising the next holiday: her travel list boasting Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, Central Otago, Piedmont, Champagne, Alsace, Bordeaux and Loire Valley.
“[R]un by some of Sydney’s best-credentialed restaurant staff” – Elizabeth Meryment, Taste Confidential