THE TEAM

The team at MEATS is peerless, having held positions in kitchens, bars and hospitality all over the world for many years. The team comes together at MEATS to bring guests the ultimate dining experience. Expect great food, great drinks and exceptional service.

Christian Talpo

Co-founder

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, with his morals and virtues evident in everything he is involved with. Christian loves food above all else and has an intrinsic understanding of diverse cultures and their cuisines. His career has seen him head the teams of restaurants ranging from modern-Chinese, Sichuan, Japanese, Spanish, French and Italian.

Manuel Palacio

Co-founder

Pirata Group co-founder Manuel Palacio has a deep rooted passion for quality service. He began his career in hospitality at age 13 in his native Madrid before travelling 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 Aqua.

Whilst working in Hong Kong, Manuel noticed a gap in the market in terms of service – Western dining, including Italian cuisine, had become almost an intimidating experience for Hong Kong diners due to impersonal and unapproachable service. Committed to providing a deeply personal yet approachable hospitality experience, Manuel decided to open his own concept with a focus on exceptional service and traditional values. Thus Pirata Group was born.

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