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Born and raised in the Philippines, Margarita Manzke literally grew up in a kitchen, at the White Rock Resort, a hotel and restaurant owned and operated by her parents. She left the Philippines for London, to study in the pastry program at Le Cordon Bleu. Manzke then received her degree in Culinary Arts from The Culinary Institute of America in New York.
Manzke moved to Los Angeles and worked in restaurants including the original Spago and Patina. At Patina, she met her future husband and business partner, Walter Manzke. In 2001, she left Patina to work at Josiah Citrin’s two-star Michelin restaurant, Mélisse, where she quickly rose to Sous Chef.
The couple was married in 2004 and opened a trio of restaurants in Carmel: Bouchée, Cantinetta Luca, and l’Auberge Carmel. Manzke oversaw all three as Executive Pastry Chef. She further refined her skills at the San Francisco Baking Institute. In 2007, the couple returned to Los Angeles to reopen Bastide Restaurant, where she served as Pastry Chef.
In the summer of 2012, the pair joined Manzke’s sister Ana to open Wildflour Bakery and Café in Manila. Since opening, the trio has received rave reviews for the casual yet professional service, top-quality ingredients and whimsical pastry offerings. In the next three years, they opened four additional locations, including The Farmacy, a soda fountain and ice cream parlor.
Meanwhile, back in Los Angeles, the Manzke’s launched République in December 2013. Margarita oversees our Pastry Department. She has received a James Beard Nomination for Outstanding Pastry Chef, glowing reviews from critics, and numerous appearances on ‘Best-of’ lists.