The Best Chef 2018 Manny Mendez

Manny Mendez, chef at Kuba Kuba and Kuba Kuba Dos, with Chris DiLauro and Johnny Giavos.

2018 Winner

Manny Mendez, Kuba Kuba, Kuba Kuba Dos

1601 Park Ave., Richmond


403 N. Ridge Road, Henrico


Chef Mendez has been serving up an authentic taste of Cuba in the Fan District since 1998. By the time Kuba Kuba’s West End location opened in 2015, he had gained city-wide renown for concocting culinary masterpieces out of the homestyle Latin dishes he grew up with: Valencian paella, slow-roasted pork, guava-ginger shrimp. Richmond is forever saying “gracias.”

First Runner Up

Walter Bundy, Shagbark

Second Runner Up

Jason Alley, Comfort, Pasture and Flora

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