Patrick Cournot - Owner/Beverage Director
Patrick is Greenwich Village born and raised. He spent five years honing his skills at elite restaurants Bouley, Artisanal, and Tabla and went on to manage Blaue Gans, Osteria Resto & The Cannibal, Bar Henry and Lelabar. He completed his first sommelier courses while working at Danny Meyer’s and Floyd Cardoz’ Indian restaurant Tabla. Pairing Indian food with wines encouraged him to focus on some lesser known classic wines – graceful whites from Northern France, Germany and Austria, full and spicy reds like Bandol and Cahors, the orange wines of Italy and the amber wines from the Republic of Georgia. Outside of restaurants, Patrick spends his time with his wife Elena and daughter Lila.
Elena Hull Cournot - Designer/Owner
Elena is a painter and creative arts therapist with a private practice in the West Village. She is the designer of Ruffian's interior as well as the artist of Ruffian's horse painting, signage, and individually painted menu covers. Elena loves the intermix of culture, design, fashion, art, and personal story. She made her design choices for Ruffian in communion with Patrick's desire to illuminate the colors and variations of the wine in a warm and unpretentious setting. Her time in San Francisco, New York, Taos, and the west coast of Ireland have influenced her aesthetic. Elena lives in Brooklyn with her husband Patrick and daughter Lila.
Alexis Percival - Beverage Director/Partner
Alexis is a sommelier, event planner, an artist who puts the art in party. In addition to being certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers and WSET Level 3 certified, her wine experience covers a broad spectrum of the hospitality business. She was the owner of a Chilean wine importing company and longtime bartender at Lelabar in the West Village. Alexis has organized wine classes and produced themed wine and food dinners for a decade. Her primary objective is providing her guests with an adventure that takes them a step out of their everyday life. And Champagne...she really loves Champagne.
Josh Ochoa - Chef/Partner
Originally from small-town California, Josh Ochoa, grew up cooking Mexican influenced cuisine with his mother and grandmother. After starting his career in New Mexico, Josh moved to New York City in 2006 and worked at established restaurants like Porterhouse New York, Spice Market, and Tabla. After Tabla closed in 2010, he took the post as Sous Chef at Dressler and OTB. When not at Ruffian Josh can be found at the Library.
Andy Alexandre - Chef/Partner
Originating from Haiti, Andy Alexandre, found a profound love for cooking and sharing food in the midst of his childhood—whether it was eating the food that was being prepared at home, seeing women from farmer families make their way to the local market, or the street hawkers selling their prepared specialties. After moving to New York City in 1999, it was unclear how those memorable experiences from his adolescent years would translate to his young adult life in a new country. But in 2005 he attended culinary school while working at an ice cream shop, and two years later, he went to work at Tabla where he learned about the disciplines of the French brigade system, and the techniques of using Indian spices, which had a significant impact on his approach to cooking. Andy has also worked at North End Grill, Falai Restaurant, and most recently at Marlow and Sons.
Moshe Schulman - Director of PR/Partner
Moshe has worked in the hospitality industry for over a decade -- from mom and pop pizzerias to restaurants like Tabla, The Breslin, and Mailaino. Along with his restaurant experience, he's also a writer, filmmaker, and book publicist, which brings a strong skill set to all facets of the publicity and marketing process. He has written for The Rumpus, Orange Quarterly, Volume 1 Brooklyn, The Jewish Daily Forward, Tablet Magazine, Ravishly, Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. He has been a featured storyteller on The Moth Radio Hour, The Moth Podcast, and NPR. His story "Then You Will Know" is featured in the New York Times Bestselling anthology "All These Wonders."