République - Los Angeles, CA
A Southern California native, Walter Manzke began his fine dining career in Los Angeles working alongside esteemed Chef Joachin Splichal of Patina and from there, travelled around the world working with renowned chefs Ferran Adrià and Alain Ducasse. After a few years in the Bay area opening successful Relais & Chateaux properties, he returned to Los Angeles making his mark on the city as Chef of Bastide and moved on to take over the kitchen at Church & State.
Manzke has several restaurants to his name. Domestically, he and his team have opened critically acclaimed Los Angeles concepts including Petty Cash Taqueria, Sari Sari Store, & République. Working alongside his wife and business partner Margarita Manzke, they have opened sixteen Wildflour Bakeries in the Philippines.
Regarded as an “unassailable cornerstone of Los Angeles dining” by Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic, Bill Addison, République pushed Manzke to the forefront of contemporary French cuisine. The restaurant has become an icon of the city’s dining scene garnering recognition from the James Beard Awards Foundation & The Los Angeles Times 101 Best List for consecutive years. In one of the most anticipated restaurant debuts for Los Angeles, Chef Walter seeks to further his passion for Parisian cuisine in Bicyclette Restaurant & Bistro, debuting this summer 2021.