Walter Manzke

Republique, Wildflour Cafe + Bakery, Petty Cash Taqueria & Sari Sari Store | US & PHILS

Growing up in San Diego, Walter Manzke learned the ways of seasonal cuisine at a young age. The family table was filled with organic, farm-fresh vegetables surrounding his home. This approach to eating has stuck with Manzke throughout his career.

Upon graduation from college, Manzke moved to Los Angeles to work with Joachim Splichal, where he began to develop his signature style. After three years, Manzke left Los Angeles to work in some of the most renowned kitchens in Europe, including Alain Ducasse and El Bulli in Spain. In 1996, Manzke returned to Los Angeles where he spent over six years at Patina.

Manzke left LA in 2002 to open Bouchee, Cantinetta Luca and L’Auberge Carmel in Carmel. At L’Auberge Carmel, Manzke was named,” Bon Appétit magazine’s “Best of the Year” and one of Gourmet magazine’s “Top Fifty Restaurants in America.”

Manzke returned to Los Angeles in 2007 to take the helm at Bastide Restaurant. 2009, Manzke joined the team at Church and State. In the summer of 2012, Manzke, together with his wife Margarita and his sister-in-law, opened Wildflour bakery and café in Manila, Philippines. In 2013, Manzke opened Petty Cash Taqueria and Republique in 2014. Currently there are five locations of Wildflour in Manila and the Manzke’s newest Filipino food kiosk, Sari Sari Store is now open at Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles.