Our Team

 

Executive Chef

Alfredo Rodríguez Sangrador-

With over 14 years of experience cooking in some of Spain’s top restaurants, Chef Alfredo is well versed in the art of Spanish cuisine.  He began in the culinary world in his hometown of Madrid where he worked his way up to head the kitchens of some of the city’s top establishments including La Lumbre del Cacique and Lobby Market.

Highly skilled yet refreshingly modest, Alfredo’s gastronomic style is embodies the heart and soul of traditional Spain with imaginative references to international techniques and flavours.  While working at Michelin starred Kabuki Wellington in Madrid, Alfredo honed his skill for working with seafood and an appreciation of the marriage of Japanese and Spanish cuisine – which you can find influences of in The Optimist’s menu today.

 

 

Founders

The Optimist - Christian Talpo, co-founder (2)

– Christian Talpo –

From a small town in the North of Italy, Christian Talpo stepped into the hospitality business working in a hotel with foreign guests that sparked a new-found love of travel, service and languages. With passion and determination, he has garnered over 25 years of experience in the F&B industry, successfully heading up project operations for the Aqua Restaurant Group as well as managing Zuma in Central, and the flagship operations for Gaia Group.

Christian’s adventurous spirit has taken him further than the boundaries of the ordinary businessman. His morals and virtues are evident in everything he is involved with. Christian loves food above all else: in his career he headed modern Chinese and Sichuan, Japanese, Spanish, French, international and of course Italian restaurants, developing an intrinsic love of these diverse cultures and their cuisines.

The Optimist - Manuel Ramos Palacio, co-founder (2)

– Manuel Palacio-

Manuel Palacio has a deep rooted passion for quality service. He began his career in hospitality at age 15 in Madrid before traveling to both England and the United States to develop his skills at a number of noteworthy establishments. Throughout his service tenure, Manuel has worked at some of the most coveted international hot spots in London, New York, Ibiza and Hong Kong including Floridita and Armani Privé.

Committed to providing a deeply personal yet approachable hospitality experience, Manuel together with Christian decided to open Pirata with a focus on exceptional service and traditional values. Now launching their second Hong Kong project with the same mind-set, The Optimist opening is set to be one of the major events of the season.