• Bogdan Panchenko and Ivan Kukarskih – Founders (shot by Glen Ballis)

    With a shared international background and a true ambition to excel in the food and beverage sphere, Ivan and Bogdan struck up a synergetic partnership from day one. In 2013, Ivan founded BB Burgers, which has quickly become one of the most successful burger restaurant chains in Russia. Meanwhile, Bogdan was having his own success becoming a key supplier to the nation’s capital, providing fresh vegetables and fruit from all over Russia.
  • Glen Ballis – Brand chef

    Born in Australia, upon finishing culinary school, Glen worked eight years domestically before moving to Southeast Asia, where he spent the next twenty years fine tuning his trade, before moving to London. In 2006, he was offered a position to open a restaurant in Moscow and he never looked back. From there, he has positioned himself as a business partner with some of Moscow's top restaurants, renowned for their delicious tastes and eclectic styles. In addition, Ballis owns three restaurants in Singapore, which are managed by his son.
  • Elizaveta Yakovets – Marketing

    Graduated from the Higher School of Economics. Since 20 years old has been engaged in marketing in the restaurant field. Having gained experience in a large advertising company, she opened her own agency and in 2018 moved to Lucky Group during their first Margarita Bistro project. Her value is working with mind and heart.
  • Maxim Gorelik – Chef Bartender

    Has been in the industry for 10 years. He started his career in Krasnoyarsk (2011-2012), then worked in bars in St. Petersburg (2013) with the future founders of the Imbibe bar. In 2014 he moved to Moscow and worked at one of the first Speak Easy in Russia - Jack Rose, then joined the team of Bruce Lee Bar (former Belka Bar), where six months later he became a bar manager at the age of 22. In 2016, he had experience in bar consulting, and at the beginning of 2017 he joined the team of opening the Cevicheria restaurant. In mid-2017, he received an offer to open a new project Margarita Bistro as a bar manager. A year later, he opened Lucky Izakaya Bar, afterwards - Eva and Loro, thereafter he became the chief bartender of the new restaurant group Lucky Group.

    Since 2017 he is also part of the Bacardi - Martini family. Since September 2017, he was the trade ambassador of Bacardi - Martini in Moscow. Since January 1, 2022, he has been the Patron tequila brand ambassador in Russia and Eastern Europe.

    Included in the Top 10 Russian bar managers according to Barproof 2017-2018 and the Top 3 Russian bar managers according to Barproof 2019-2021.

    Now he is a speaker at various restaurant and bar venues in Russia, such as the Roman Toroschin Training Center, Gastreet Show, Moscow Food Academy.

    The ideologist of the educational bar community at Lucky Group - Lucky Bar Skills.

  • Vittorio Chirizzi – Chef

    He has worked with Umberto Rocca at Spettacolo, Paolo Boccolini at Donna Margarita and Glen Ballis at Margarita Bistro. He was also the chef at the Verd restaurant.
    In his work, he adheres to the principle of emphasizing the natural taste of the product, combining classic traditional and modern technologies.
  • Danil Sidorenko – Bar manager

    He began his career in 2016 in Krasnoyarsk. Participated in the Diageo Reserve World Class competitions, reached the final of the WCC FinFusion competition in 2017-2018. In 2021 he moved to Moscow and became part of the Lucky Group. Started as a bartender at the Loro restaurant and later became a bar manager at the 345 restaurant. He loves traveling, snowboarding and longboarding.
  • Anton Zhukov - Sommelier

    He entered the restaurant business at the age of 18. That is like a new world has opened up with many interesting people and professions. This started the desire to study wines. Realizing that he needed to expand his knowledge, he entered Enotria, after which he began to work as a sommelier. In parallel with his main activity, he began to attend various seminars, trainings and blind tastings. He also received an international certificate from the British school Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 Aword in Wines, studied at the wine academy in Portugal. Sommelier is not just a profession, it is a lifestyle and philosophy.