Meet our Executive Chef, Eric Manuel

San Diego native

Executive Chef Eric Manuel was born and raised in San Diego. He spent much of his childhood helping his father in the kitchen, where he catered events. In 2001, Eric decided to turn his passion for food and cooking into a career. He started by joining the first graduating class in the Culinary Program at The Art Institute of California- San Diego.

Culinary Inspiration

Having grown up in a home with traditional Filipino food and culture, Chef Eric found inspiration in Asian cuisines. He then fueled his passion by working as a sushi chef in several local Japanese and Asian-Fusion restaurants.

Executive Chef at The Dana on Mission Bay

In 2008, Chef Eric joined the culinary team at The Dana and quickly became an indispensable asset to the Firefly Eatery & Bar. His creativity and ability to craft unique and exciting dishes allowed him to excel in the hospitality industry.

In 2010, Eric was named Executive Chef of Firefly Eatery & Bar. In this role, he continues to delight guests with his refined, New American cuisine. He enjoys creating menus and memorable experiences that are globally inspired for our guests and diners alike. Chef Eric and his team strive to support San Diego purveyors and provide delicious, quality food. They do this by using local and sustainable ingredients whenever possible. They even have their own organic herb garden just outside of the Firefly, that produces what they need right here onsite.

Charities, Sushi and Travel!

When Chef Eric is able to sneak some time off from work, he donates his expertise to local charities. He also teaches sushi classes at his alma mater! Eric enjoys traveling and having experiencing different cuisines and cultures from all over the world.  He continually endeavors to bring diversity and enjoyment to each and every plate.

Stop in to The Firefly Eatery & Bar and try some of Chef Eric’s stunning dinner specials- any night of the week!