République - Los Angeles, CA
Born and raised in the Philippines, Margarita Manzke entered the Los Angeles scene working at some of the city’s most celebrated restaurants including Patina, Spago and Mélisse. In the early 2000’s, she and her husband, Walter, moved to Carmel, opening critically acclaimed dining concepts: Bouchée, Cantinetta Luca and l’Auberge Carmel. This is where her love for creating her signature French baguette was mastered. Manzke returned to Los Angeles as Pastry Chef of Bastide Restaurant. In the years to come, Manzke opened several award-winning concepts in Los Angeles including Petty Cash Taqueria, Sari Sari Store, and République.
Manzke pushed the boundaries of her craft at République, introducing her own distinctive techniques and flavors into her creations. As a result of her inspired work at Republique, Manzke has been nominated for the James Beard Awards Outstanding Pastry Chef category for multiple years. République has continued to make its mark on the culinary landscape of Los Angeles, securing a spot on the Los Angeles Times 101 Best List for years and being one of Restaurant Critic, Bill Addison’s, most recommended LA restaurants to both friends and readers.
In addition to Republique, Manzke is well known for her Sari Sari Store in the historic Grand Central Market, bringing a fresh take on Filipino food to the Downtown Los Angeles area and Petty Cash Taqueria on Beverly Blvd. Internationally, her reach includes sixteen Wildflour Bakery and Cafés in the Philippines. Chef Manzke is thrilled to open Bicyclette Restaurant & Bistro, debuting this summer 2021, highlighting the Parisian Bistros she has loved to frequent and the bounty of California ingredients.