Hello My Name Is… Manuel Sulbaran, Harry’s Pizzeria Chef de Cuisine

Manny schools Chef in the art of the perfectly smashed and double fried tostone, here with Hua Moa plantains in the MGFD Miami kitchen last year.

If you’ve ever had lunch at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami — and no one eats more lunch there, usually to-go, than I do! — you have probably #omg’d more than your fair share of times thanks to the sandwich and soup skills of one Manuel “Manny” Sulbaran. We craft a special of each every day at MGFD, and as long as I can remember, it has been Manny’s Midas touch on those babies that has made my tummy grumble at an all-too-early 11:30 a.m. like clockwork.  Harry’s Pizzeria may not have sandwiches on its menu, but it has a daily soup special and more importantly a Manny leading the kitchen. His local calabaza with breadcrumbs that kicked the whole shebang off on opening day last week was smooth and velvety, the perfect combination of sweet and savory with a touch of garlicky crunch.  One of his best showings ever, and I can’t wait to see what his influence brings to the rest of the menu.  Read about his brush with “large-bottomed ant” hot sauce and more below, and let us know what your favorite lunchtime Manny memory is in the comments.

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