Manny Arce is the executive chef of Poquitos, a traditional–and not-so-traditional–Mexican restaurant with locations in Bothell and Capitol Hill. Learn about Manny Arce…
Hometown: San Diego
First job: Pizza cook
Favorite ways to spend your free time in WA: I enjoy riding motorcycles, fly fishing, and spending time with my daughter and dogs.
Your biggest accomplishment and why: My daughter. She has taught me so much. How to be patient, how to do things for others without praise. She has shown me what it means to really care for someone.
The biggest obstacle you overcame: Getting out of my own way. Sometimes you cannot control everything. It took me a long time to figure that out.
Someone who inspires you and why: Anyone who is really great at what they do, their craft, their talents. I try not to idolize people.
Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Make sure it’s what you really want to do. It’s a big commitment. You’ll miss out on a lot of things, but it’s also very rewarding at times.
Favorite quote: “Your bad habits can kill you, but your good habits won’t save you.”
Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: I love jazz music.
What makes someone fabulous: Being genuine to who you are.