The Chef: Miguel Martín Gómez
Miguel was born and raised in Madrid, but has lived all over the world, from Lyon, Berlin, Innsbruck in the Austrian Alps, to Wuhan in China and Pekanbaru on the island of Sumatra. In 2004, he moved to Amsterdam, after falling in love with a dutch girl. With a master’s degree in Economics, he worked over next decade to establish a career in Corporate Marketing, which ultimately wasn’t for him. In 2014, at the age of 34, he made the decision to pursue his dream of becoming a restauranteur. Having grown up in a family where the daily celebration of food was a constant, this was a drastic but natural choice. His first job in the industry was peeling langoustines in the three Michelin star restaurant De Librije in Zwolle. A year and a half later, he was made Chef at Hugo’s Bar & Kitchen in Amsterdam, where he met Florian. It wasn’t long before they realized a shared passion for food, drink and hospitality.
The Manager: Florian Stallinga
Florian is an Amsterdam native with more than 13 years of experience in hospitality that has taken him from Austria, London, Dubai, Shanghai and back to Amsterdam. While bartending in some of the city’s finest establishments, including Door 74, where he won Best Bartender in Holland in 2011, Florian completed his studies at Hotel School The Hague. For his final internship in Shanghai, he took the role of pre-opening beverage manager in one of the biggest Marriott hotels in Asia-Pacific. After managing a hotel bar and pre-opening two restaurants as operational manager in Amsterdam, Florian took a leap and became an entrepreneur. Hugo’s Bar & Kitchen officially opened in November 2013 and was a success from day one. In 2014, spearheaded by Florian, Hugo’s won Best New Cocktail Bar in Holland.
Less than two years later, PIKOTEO opens its doors. Miguel and Florian have put all their love and energy to create something different, but above all else, something fun.