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CHEF WALTER MANZKE

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BORN AND RAISED IN SAN DIEGO, WALTER MANZKE’S RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD WAS DEFINED EARLY ON BY THE FRESH PRODUCE GROWN IN HIS FAMILY’S BACK YARD.

His passion for fine dining led him to Patina, where he garnered critical acclaim working alongside Joachin Splichal for nearly a decade. His time at Patina afforded him the opportunity to travel and work alongside chefs Ferran Adrià and his mentor Alain Ducasse, among others. Manzke landed in Carmel in 2002, opening Bouchée, Cantinetta Luca and l’Auberge Carmel in a matter of 5 years.

In 2009, Walter took over the kitchen at Church & State, earning rave reviews for his interpretation of French cuisine in a groundbreaking Arts District space. While searching Los Angeles for the perfect location to open a restaurant of his own, Manzke, along with his wife, Margarita and sister-in-law, Ana, opened up Wildflour Bakery and Café in Manila, Philippines (as of 2019, they operate 16 locations and counting). The following year Petty Cash Taqueria opened, with République following suit in 2014. Next, the Manzke family opened Sari Sari Store in 2017 in Downtown LA’s historic Grand Central Market. December 2019 marked République’s 5 year anniversary, and the Manzkes are excited to see their restaurant family continue to grow in the years to come.

CHEF MARGARITA MANZKE

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MARGARITA MANZKE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN THE PHILLIPINES AND GREW UP WORKING IN HER FAMILY’S RESTAURANT JUST OUTSIDE OF MANILA.

Manzke went on to receive degrees from Le Cordon Bleu in London and the Culinary Institute of America in New York and then moved to Los Angeles. She has since worked for Joachim Splichal at Patina, Wolfgang Puck at Spago and Josiah Citrin at the two Michelin stared Mélisse. In 2002, she moved to Carmel and opened Bouchée, Cantinetta Luca and l’Auberge Carmel.

Manzke returned to Los Angeles in 2007 and re-opened Bastide Restaurant as Pastry Chef, garnering a 3-star review from the Los Angeles times. She spent the subsequent years meticulously looking for the perfect spot to open her own restaurant. In 2012, along with her husband, Walter and sister, Ana, opened up Wildflour Bakery and Café in Manila, Philippines (as of 2019, they operate 16 locations and counting). The following year Petty Cash Taqueria opened, with République following in 2014 and in 2017, Sari Sari Store was opened in the historic Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles. Margarita was nominated in 2017, 2018 and 2019 for Outstanding Pastry Chef from the James Beard Awards and released her first cookbook, Baking at République, on April 2nd, 2019.

CHEFS WALTER & MARGARITA MANZKE
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