Archive for March 3rd, 2010

Chefs: Walter Manzke Leaves; Enter Joshua Smith at Church & State – Los Angeles

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Church & State, Los Angeles The National Biscuit Company, built in 1925, houses Church & State Restaurant

Lets put things into perspective: In September of last year, Yassmin Sarmandi bought out her partner Steven Arroyo, who made tapas popular in LA with his Spanish restaurant Cobras & Matadors, at Church & State (the French bistro in downtown Los Angeles on Industrial St.)   The amazing chef, Walter Manzke was brought in to put sparkle in what was an ordinary menu, and prompted Jonathon Gold, LA Weekly’s restaurant critic, to write: Manske is making “the most refined bistro cooking in LA“. He is about to leave Church & State to open his own restaurant. What happens now? He is replaced by Joshua Smith, who worked at Osteria del Circo, Michael Mina at his Seablue Restaurant and Alain Giraud’s Anisette. At this point, everyone has to wait and see!