OUR TEAM

RICCARDO LUCQUE

Chef & Owner

Riccardo' s career in gastronomy began at age of 16, working in hotels in the Marche region of Italy. In 1990 he began working at the Michelin starred Da Alceo seafood restaurant in Pesaro. Since 1993 Riccardo worked in London, e.g. for Zafferano restaurant. Because of his work he moved for a short time also to New York. In 2002 Riccardo came to Prague as headchef of restaurant called Square. Three years later he opened his first restaurant - Aromi on Mánesova street. La Finestra in Cucina and La Bottega bistros followed shortly.

ONDŘEJ POKŠTEFL

head sommelier

+420 775 681 555, duffek@lacollezione.cz

Chef Ondřej completed his culinary studies and graduated from the hotel school. Upon graduation, he took an inspiring journey throughout Asia, and devoted himself to Bio products like teas, and thus began his love of wine. Ondřej first worked at Restaurant Albio, then moved over to be head of wines at Restaurant Da Nico. It was there he met Flemming Laugesen in 2004, and began traveling to vinyards to meet the winemakers personally. Subsequently, he became head sommelier for 8 years at Pizza Nuova, a restaurant in the Ambiente group, working closely with local, small winemakers. For the last 2 ½ years, he has served as head sommelier in La Finestra and, in addition to his passion for wine, he still has a strong passion for quality tea.

JIŘÍ TALICH

manager

+420 775 952 22, talich@lafinestra.cz

Jirka is from Pelhřimov where he graduated from the hotel school. He further developed his professional skills by doing internships in Bavaria and the United Kingdom. He came to La Finestra in 2013 as a waiter, and just one year later, he became the manager of the restaurant.

VÁCLAV VAŠEK

sommelier +420 774 614 470, vaclav.vasek@lafinestra.cz

After completing training at the hotel school in Velké Meziříčí, Vaclav moved to Prague, joining the Ambiente Group. There he met Ondřej Pokštefl and Flemming Laugesen, and decided to concentrate on becoming a sommelier. After six years, he went to South Africa, attending a monthly internship in some of the most prestigious wineries there. He eventually returned to the European wine world, and after  two years as head sommelier at Bianco E Nero Restaurant, he settled in with Riccardo Lucque at La Finestra in Cucina.

TOMÁŠ JUŘÍK

chef +420 733 562 452, jurik@lafinestra.cz

His cooking experience began at the restaurant Pastacaffe Tonino Lamborghini (Ambiente Group), where he worked for one year. He followed this with a stint at La Degustation Boheme Bourgeoise. He expanded his experience by one month fellowship at New York's restaurant Avoca, which was the holder of two Michelin stars.

LADISLAV BALOGH

manager +420 603 491 091, balogh@lafinestra.cz

Lada's way in La Collezione began in Aromi. Previously, he also had experience in Mariánské lázně, restaurant Barock, Bistrot de Marlene and hotel Sterr in Bavaria. As a manager, he opened the La Finestra restaurant, he remembered the first guests who ate here and many of them are still our guests. This year they will celebrate 10years together, they are looking forward to the next years. His biggest hobby is history and traveling.