Laurent Manrique is a French born celebrity chef who now works in San Francisco in the United States. He has been a part of Michelin rated restaurants here, and is credited for two Michelin stars earned for three consecutive years by Aqua, a seafood restaurant in San Francisco. Laurent Manrique has also been taking care of a number of restaurants in San Francisco, like Cafe de la Presse and Rogue and Blanc Wine Bar. He also opened Milledime, a seafood restaurant in Carlton Hotel.
Professional Life of Chef Laurent Manrique
Laurent Manrique's interest in culinary science has its roots in his childhood when he saw his grandmother cook in the Gascon village of Rogues in France. He later worked as an apprentice with Chef Roger Duffour, followed by training with leading chefs like Yan Jacquot and Claude Deligne. He later moved to the United States, where he started working at Rex, an Italian restaurant in Los Angeles. In 1992, he was appointed chef at Waldorf Astoria's Peacock Alley. Five years later, he partnered with Howard Stein to open Gertrudes. His success and popularity grew with the years. Laurent Manrique later joined Campton Palace in San Francisco, followed by his engagement as Corporate Executive Chef at Aqua. He also opened Café de la Presse and Rouge & Blanc Wine Bar in San Francisco.
In 2007, Laurent Marique partnered with Christopher Candy to form C& L Partners, a restaurant development company that participated in reopening of Fifth Floor restaurant at Palomar Hotel and other prestigious projects.
In 2010, the chef opened Milledime, a seafood restaurant in Carlton Hotel.
Achievements of Chef Laurent Manrique
In 1998, Laurent Manrique received the Rising Star Chef Award by Bon Appétit.
Chef Laurent earned 2 stars from Michelin Guide in the years 2007, 2008 and 2009 for Aqua in San Francisco.
He earned the award for Best Business Lunch by 7X7 Magazine in 2007.
The Millesime restaurant opened by Laurant Manrique in November 2010 at Carlton Hotel won a two star review from New York Times, and a two-and-a-half star review by the New York Post.
Besides this, restaurants that Manrique has worked for have made come to top restaurant lists of various magazines.
Popular Media Shows featuring Chef Laurent Manrique
Laurent Manrique has featured in the TV show named Nick Stein Cooking with Friends. He was also guest judge for Episode 3 of Top Chef's Season 1.
Laurent Manrique Trivia
The chef has a major interest in wine making, and has been the creator of several wines.
Laurent Manrique is also a philantroper, and contributes to various causes including the Tibetan Aid Project.