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.

Childhood ambition? being a professional soccer player

First Job: Prep cook in a Mexican restaurant

Your Indulgence? I totally indulge in eating out and music concerts

Your Inspiration? My family

Favorite Food at MGFD: Fish in any way

Wildest food ever eaten: Sun dried crickets (Mexico) & “large-bottomed ant” hot sauce (Amazon)

Favorite Beverage at MGFD: Beer & Homemade sodas

Favorite Kitchen Moment at MGFD: First whole pig that we got in the house!!!!!!!!!

Best Meal You Ever Made: Deep fried tongue (breaded), mango gastrique & green mango-fennel slaw

Proudest Moment: It is hard to say just one, but I am pretty sure that the births of my children are the best one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Biggest Challenge: Being a good father

Perfect Day: With no skin allergies

Ideal spot for your vacation home: The Venezuelan Andean

My life: learning cycle

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  1. Pingback: A Closer Look at Harry’s Pizzeria Daily Dinner Specials with Chef de Cuisine Manny Sulbaran |

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