The pieces of the bistro puzzle…
Like any complicated puzzle, a restaurant is put together one piece at a time. You make sure that each member brings qualities that strengthen and challenge the team. Every single one of the bistro’s personalities have qualities that bring balance, character and strength to the equation. It’s not just something we say. It’s what guests just like you, tell us every day. They tell us while they’re here, they shout it out online, they tell their friends, family, colleagues and frankly, anyone who’s willing to listen. Meet the cast that puts together our mouthwatering show, 362 days of the year.
MEET THE CAST
Creativity, Passion, Skill
Today, our Chef Mario Godinez, Antigua native and lover of great food, fuses classic French cuisine with a hint of Guatemalan flavors. His kitchen creates innovative dishes that surprise the most demanding palates.
In the words of the whole team, “the best part of Bistrot Cinq are the people.” For many, the bistro has become a second home, where every day we keep growing together.
Chef Mario has worked and collaborated with some of the top chefs in Guatemala and abroad. He’s also spent a few months in Copenhagen’s famous NOMA. (Rated one of the top restaurants in the world) Experience, creativity and a real passion for food are present in every one of his creations.
One of the founding fathers of the bistro. He’s also been here since it opened. When he’s not cooking culinary masterpieces to your heart’s content, you can catch him patiently teaching our small militia of culinary students the ways of the kitchen.
If you’ve been lucky to have Marlon be your host for the evening, you know there’s one thing he never loses. That’s his smile. Behind that there’s a powerhouse of knowledge about wine & food, with a mix of dazzling service, generosity, and over the top performance.
If you’re in the mood for a laugh or a good chat, Isaias is the man. Full of stories, jokes, Guatemalan slang and always ready to help our guests relax and let go of all worries. He knows his stuff like the back of his hand.
Quiet and friendly. Possibly Guatemala’s best response to David Beckham. He’s got more football trophy’s than all of us combined. Luis takes care of guests, handles our wine inventory, & floor schedules. There’s more to people than meets the eye.
Aureliano started from the ground up. The way any well made house is built. He’s been here from the beginning. He can transition from making sauces, to preparing the perfect sides, to dishing out all the entrees in record time. All performed with good humor.
Manuel has been here for a while. Quietly mastering his craft, he handles the kitchen like a master carpenter. With a mix of patience, humor and the occasional hearty laugh. If you want a piece of meat cooked to perfection, rumour is, he knows exactly what that means.
One of the most experienced people on the floor. Don Oscar can read a client like a hawk. He knows what you need before you even know it. Behind the serious face he’s kind, wise, and full of inspiring stories. Ask him why.
The only full time woman on our team. Orpha puts in extra hours to make sure everything at the bistro runs like a Swiss made clock. She handles suppliers, everything related to the team and occassionally scolds us. Some call her Mom and she has a heart of gold.
From martinis to margaritas to the most exotic drinks you and I have never heard of, Alan knows how and he’ll do it with style. An Ex-bodybuilding champion, Mr. Sacatepequez earns the admiration of many when he flexes his arms to shake the mixers.
Our youngest and newest member, Melvin is 19 years old and comes from the coast of Guatemala, Monterrico. Still studying and living alone for 2 years in Antigua. He came in with a desire to learn. Now he makes sauces, sides and some of the dishes on our menu. And he’s always laughing.