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Chef James Manzano

Cook At Home In Baton Rouge

Chef James Manzano

Get to know me better

Foodie with a passion for home cooking

I started to work in restaurants when I was 18 and I haven’t stopped since. My first start in the hospitality industry was being a busser then moving to fry cook/oyster shucker at the same restaurant.

From working in rural Kentucky restaurants, to a Courtyard Marriott in New Braunfels, my experience has been a journey. Picking up local cuisine, Baton Rouge drew my eye because not only of my love for LSU, but for the food as well.

In Baton Rouge, I had my first crawfish boil, found the area’s love of daquiris, and the cuisine outside classical southern cuisine such as thai or greek that have influenced the area as well.

Currently working at Martin Wine Cellar in the newly opened deli, I have the option to do wine pairings selected by the wine experts there.

While I do learn about local cuisine, my main strengths are Mexican and Italian.

My services

As a Private Chef, I can offer you:

Personal Chef

Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Baton Rouge.


I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Baton Rouge. You name it!

Cooking Classes

Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Baton Rouge.

Culinary Consultancy

Trust me as a culinary consultant to help you with your concept in Baton Rouge.

Chef James's reviews

James was incredible. He was attentive, thoughtful and the food was great. Seriously, it was one of the best meals my friends and I have ever had.

Barry Schnitt - Oct 20 2019

5/ 5

We were incredibly impressed. Our chef went above and beyond in making our evening memorable and delicious. We can’t say enough about his attention to our specific requests and needs. The food was amazing and plentiful. James was on time, was personable and professional.

Teri Holtzclaw - Sep 02 2019

5/ 5

James was absolutely amazing! Food was fantastic - and honestly so much of it! He was beyond accommodating and made everything just so special. I would highly recommend him!

Felicia Dellafortuna - Aug 10 2019

5/ 5

He was very well organized, professional, and friendly. The food was top notch!! It felt like we were in an upscale restaurant. He was definitely the man for the job!!! Oh, and the food was very delicious!!!

Chris Anglin - Jul 09 2019

5/ 5

Book your experience with Chef James

Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.