Helming BAM!'s kitchen is Executive Chef Pepe Moncayo, a Spanish chef through and through. Pepe is no stranger to Singapore having spent a few years at the now-defunct Michelin-starred Santi as Chef de Cuisine and now his gastronomic creativity continues to enthral us at the Tapas & Sake Gastro bar.
"Tapas are the appetizers and snacks in Spanish cuisine but what makes BAM!'s dishes really stand out is the surprising culinary marriage of Catalonia and Japanese using only the freshest and season's peak ingredients locally and overseas." explained Chef Pepe. To many, however, we know the difference does not only stop here.
Having worked in several Michelin-starred establishments, Pepe holds high regard to colours, flavours and textures when it comes to bringing about the ooh-so-irresistible heavenly indulgences. Paying close attention to his every creation, each tapas dish is painstakingly plated to give you a visual appetizer; and each bite is carefully planned and paired to excite, surprise, warm and pleasure.
Despite his professional stature, the suave Spaniard is a sincere and humble soul. When lavished with praises by his satisfied diners, he would brush it off and modestly state that it is just 'simple food'. Truly great food is not just about the best techniques, hard work, and freshest ingredients - it is also about cooking with heart. This is probably what makes an accomplished chef.
Trivia: Do you know Chef Pepe's real name is actually Jose Moncayo? Maybe you can ask him how he got his name Pepe when you visit BAM!