Bouche Bistro looks and feels like a neighborhood Parisian locals’ hangout, complete with cozy banquettes, open kitchen and, weather permitting, one of Santa Fe’s nicest patios.
Chef de Cuisine of Bouche Bistro
Luis began his career at age 16, working in a local Santa Fe pizzeria and at the Coyote Café Cantina. After several years spent in various kitchens, he chose to put himself through the rigorous professional culinary program at the Santa Fe Community College, earning his degree in 2010.
After many stints at diverse restaurants in the area, often working two jobs, Luis joined the team at Bouche as a line cook in 2013. During his tenure with Chef Charles Dale and later, another Dale protégé, James Mazzio, he learned all the stations in the restaurant, excelled with speed and precision, and eventually became Sous Chef to Mazzio. After a brief stint as Sous Chef at the excellent Izanami at Ten Thousand Waves, Luis returned to Bouche to take over as Chef de Cuisine in early 2017.
He currently oversees the long-time kitchen crew at Bouche, creating nightly specials and working on new menu items with Chef Dale Kester.
Maitre D’ of Bouche Bistro
Antonio Gallegos, a Santa Fe native, began working in restaurants at the age of 12, thus setting the stage for his life’s work. Beginning his career as a busser, he eventually moved up the kitchen ranks from dishwasher to prep cook to line cook, before realizing he preferred working in the front of the house.
It was at this point in his early twenties that Antonio understood that his true passion lay in the art of hospitality. Because he genuinely enjoyed delivering a memorable guest experience, in 2008 he began managing a succession of restaurants in California, and then returned to Santa Fe, where he joined the team at Bouche during its first months of operation. Over the ensuing five years, Antonio has been instrumental in helping to grow Bouche from a humble local bistro into a nationally-recognized purveyor of fine food and service.
Antonio attributes much of his success to his early start, his well-rounded experience in both the front and back of house, and his outgoing personality. In addition to his time spent in restaurants, Antonio moonlights as a DJ and has performed across the US and in Europe. He has also become a Certified Minister and has had the pleasure of leading several weddings in recent months.
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