Steve Mannino

Vice President, Culinary Operations for Chef Todd English


Steve Mannino brings an innovative brand of cooking that is fun and what he likes to call “approachable”.  Using local ingredients as much as possible, Mannino cleverly creates dishes that evoke American Regional with some twists on the classics. Mannino’s style ignores fussy trends in favor of bold, soulful and often surprisingly simple plates. His honest and passionate cooking is short on shortcuts & long on character.


Mannino has held posts in some of the top restaurants across the country including Washington DC, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Boston. Most recently, Mannino spent eight years working with DC Based CGD Hospitality, assisting them in developing systems to improve all back of house operations through the personal development of team members while rolling out successful to – go and boxed meal initiatives during the pandemic. He oversaw the brand’s franchise efforts with Concessions International and helped drive revenue across multiple concepts.  


He has also held roles with Thompson Hospitality focusing on new concepts and openings, The Neighborhood Restaurant Group, Stephen Starr and Starr Restaurants, where he was responsible for opening both Buddakan and The Continental in Atlantic City. He has provided consulting services working for clients such as the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC and Fox Restaurant Group in Scottsdale, Arizona. 


Mannino returns to this role with acclaimed Chef Todd English after nearly two decades of traveling and knowledge acquisition since leaving the brand.  Having started at Olives in Charlestown in 1995, he grew through the ranks of a talented kitchen to launch the concept in Washington DC and Las Vegas.  He is thrilled to be welcomed back in a challenging role which highlights his strengths as a team builder, project manager and culinary leader alongside Chef English.


A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York, Mannino began his career under the direction of Chef David Burke at the Park Avenue Café in New York.  He went on to open a branch of that brand in Chicago while also training in the classic French tradition at critically acclaimed Les Nomades.


Mannino lives in the Washington, DC suburbs with his wife of twenty years, their two teenage sons, and the family dog, Carrots.