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Damian Trejo – Manhattan Grill, West India Quay

Not many chefs can claim that they have been at the right place at the right time, giving them the unique opportunity of cooking for the likes of President Obama and His Holiness Dalia Lama, albeit for a few days. Mexican Damian Trejo of London’s Manhattan Grill, at the West India Quay waterfront is one such Chef.

Manhattan Grill Restaurant, West India Quay Steak meal from Manhattan Grill Restaurant Patio at Manhattan Grill Restaurant, West India Quay
Executive Chef Damian Trejo of Manhattan Grill
This Mexico City native is a meat lover. He trained at Mexico’s famous “Colegio Superior de Gastronomia” before embarking on a culinary career in Tabasco State, the headquarters of the Mexico’s oil industry.

Today, he stands tall at Manhattan Grill; a London Grill restaurant that sits comfortably on the waterfront of Canary Wharf’s West India Quay under the Marriott Hotel. The view from the very spacious and beautifully designed Restaurant at night is enchanting.

Manhattan Grill takes pride in its meat because it is sourced from the Marriot brand. This enables the restaurant to serve a choice of steaks carved out of wet-aged USDA prime Black Angus from Creekstone farms in Kansas and Scottish Aberdeen Angus from Inverurie – the birth place of the legendary Aberdeen Angus Steak alongside some mouthwatering seafood such as a specially crafted Roasted Black Cod and King Prawn starters among others. The restaurant is very proud to have a Chef like Damian Trejo who is trained to love meat alongside excellent wine compiled for the restaurant by the Baron Rothschild Estate.

Snowboarding enthusiast, Damian Trejo spent the last 7 years in Poland and most recently while working at the Marriott Warsaw, he collaborated with President Obama’s culinary team to co-ordinate the President’s meals during the latter’s 3-day stay in Warsaw.

During the early stages of his career, he learned to sear USDA prime beef to perfection on a 3 meter long charcoal grill in scourging summer heat at a steakhouse in Mexico’s Tabasco State making him an ardent meat lover. He carried the passion for cooking meat on to Lake Tahoe in California, USA, a destination, which has since become his favourite to date.

After talking to Chef Trejo, it is fair to say that he adores meat and the simplicity that surrounds it. He admits to personally enjoying the art of butchering and personally carves the meat that is delivered to Manhattan Grill to ensure that he cuts out the choicest parts to perfection.

The London Olympics drew Chef Trejo to Manhattan Grill and since his arrival, the restaurant has been making headlines with steak grills as well as some carefully selected seafood.

Favourite sport: Snowboarding
Favourite destination:
Lake Tahoe and Nordic countries
Culinary style: Simplicity

Restaurant location: Beneath the Marriott Hotel right next to the West India Quay DLR
Nearest stations: Westferry (DLR), West India Quay (DLR), Canary Wharf (Jubilee Line)

Executive Traveller 2003