Our Team

Chef Akhtar Nawab

Chef/Partner

Akhtar Nawab is chef and owner of Alta Calidad in New York, Otra Vez in New Orleans, Prather’s on the Alley in Washington, DC and ACTQ.

Nawab’s ‘less-is-more’ style of cooking has earned him critical praise throughout the years, beginning with his experience in the kitchen at acclaimed restaurants like Gramercy Tavern, Craftbar and Craft, the latter of which received three stars from The New York Times and won the James Beard Foundation’s “Best New Restaurant” Award during Nawab’s tenure. Nawab moved on to serve as the executive chef of East Village gastropub The E.U., for which he received StarChef’s “Rising Star Chef” award before striking out on his own as a partner at Elettaria. Moving towards Mexican cuisine, Nawab took the helm at popular NYC hotspot La Esquina. In 2017, Nawab opened Alta Calidad in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. There he serves his smart and creative take on Mexican cuisine in a vibrant neighborhood atmosphere, earning a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2018 and 2019. The same year, he opened Prather’s on the Alley in Washington D.C., a modern take on a classic American restaurant with a focus on local ingredients.

This spring, Nawab opened ACTQ, a more casual version of Alta Calidad serving tacos, tortas and Mexican roti at Time Out Market in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn as well a location in New Orleans and forthcoming location in Omaha in September 2019.

Nawab will release his first cookbook Good For You, all about his unique take on healthy food, in 2020.

Michael Wetherbee

Operations/Partner

Michael has worked with some of the world’s most renowned chefs and operators, by General Managing and successfully leading restaurants such as Momofuku Ma Peche (New York Times 2 Star Rating), which is part of Chef David Chang’s restaurant empire that is considered one of the worlds most recognizable and successful restaurant groups. He also joined the team of James Beard Award winning AvroKo to General Manage their restaurants PUBLIC (1-Michelin Star rating) and Saxon + Parole (New York Times 1 Star Rating). He is an operator and owner of Alta Calidad, Otra Vez, and ACTQ, along with Chef Akhtar Nawab. He is focused and committed on creating dynamic and memorable food and beverage experiences for guests.

Robert Peller

CFO/partner

Robert Peller is the principal of both Peller and Company, LLC as well as Peller Wealth Management. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an MBA with a concentration in taxation. In addition, he is a registered financial advisor trained in wealth management, life insurance and financial consulting. Robert practices in the areas of corporate, individual and Estate planning for clients in a vast array of industries and specialties including F&B, real estate, media, entertainment, retail, technology, fashion, luxury goods, film, television, book publishing, music, sports, franchises, advertising and the arts. His focus is on the tax and retirement planning as it relates to his clients and their unique needs especially as they start and grow including creation of holding company structure and capital financing needs of start-ups. Robert also advises international clients in connection with ever changing US tax laws for strategic planning specific to individuals, corporations and LLC’s. He also consults on equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, business formations, reorganizations and restructurings and holding company formation and execution.

Robert is regularly down on Capital Hill lobbying with various groups for tax legislation. Aside from serving on the board of Hospitality HQ, he serves on other boards and committees, including the board of a real estate conglomerate, an international fashion company, a De Novo Bank, and several other advisory finance committees. He is also especially proud to be on the board of several Not-for-Profit organizations.

Peter Fields

GENERAL COUNSEL/PARTNER

Peter Fields is a partner of Ritholz Levy Fields LLP, a fast-growing and dynamic law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville. Peter practices in the areas of corporate, commercial and intellectual property law for clients in a host of industries and specialties including media, entertainment, technology, fashion and apparel, film and television, music, publishing, sports, food and beverage, hospitality, gaming, advertising and the arts. As part of his corporate and commercial law practice, Peter advises domestic and international clients in connection with equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, business formations, corporate governance, reorganizations and restructurings, secured and unsecured lending transactions, executive and employee compensation arrangements, and dispute resolution.

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