Chef Manuel is a native of Mexico City. Today a resident in Vancouver for more than 24 years where he shares his passion for food with the local and international communities. A gourmet chef, Manuel is well known for his Mexican flare and delicious, healthy, colorful and easy to prepare dishes.
Chef Manuel graduated from the Pacific Culinary Institute of Canada in Granville Island (Vancouver) in 2001 but he claims the biggest influence in his cooking was his grandmother Maria Luisa "Coulon" Echenique and his uncle Ricardo Sada. Maria Luisa's parents were born in Paris, France and she managed to grasp and combine the best of both the French and Mexican cuisines. Manuel's uncle, Ricardo, was a well known restauranteur in Mexico City who owned "Chip's Restaurant" and "La Cucaracha Bar". Some people who know Manuel say that he was "raised" in the kitchen because of his grandmother who lived for 30 years with his family and lived to cook and teach Chef Manuel. After graduation, Chef Manuel did his professional practice with Chef Pino at Cioppino's in Yaletown, Vancouver. Manuel considers himself very lucky that he had the opportunity to be with such a prestigious Chef".
This Website is an opportunity for Chef Manuel to share with visitors his personal experiences.