Chef de Cuisine
Chef Andre Lev Pavlik, a native of Saint Petersburg Russia, found his calling for the culinary arts when he was at the crossroads of going to law school or pursuing his true passion. Against everyone’s advice, he chose the latter.
Andre embarked on his career at Jean-Georges and then moved to their Perry St. location under Chef Cedric Vongerichten. At Perry St. he honed his skills in French Asian fusion and worked his way up from Garde Manger to Sous Chef. Wanting to round out his skills in Italian continental cuisine, Andre took the opportunity to work for Tom Colicchio and his team at Temple Court. During the pandemic, when all New York restaurants were shuttered, Andre and his wife Alejandra Nicolon, a former Chef de Partie at Eleven Madison Park, proved their ambition by starting their own bagel and cake delivery business where they made personal deliveries all around the city and were even mentioned in Eater.
As soon as New York City re-opened, Andre worked at Portale but was yearning for something more. He decided to take his team-first attitude and creativity to the Ipanema Food Group as the Chef de Cuisine and work alongside his longtime friend and Executive Chef, Giancarlo Junyent.