Fifth Group Restaurants announced the appointment of Michael Manley to the executive chef position at Lure. A member of the Fifth Group Restaurants culinary team since 2014, Manley previously served as a sous chef at Lure.
“Seafood has always been a passion of mine, so I couldn’t be more thrilled for the opportunity to dive in further at Lure,” said Manley. “The Lure team has become family during my years as a sous chef, so I’m very excited to further my career here as we continue creating delectable dishes made with fresh, sustainably sourced ingredients.”
Inspired by his mother, grandmother and Saturday morning public broadcasting favorites – the likes of Julia Child, Jacques Pépin and more – Manley began his official culinary career prepping plates in his high school cafeteria before moving to Nashville to receive a bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb University. After returning to his home city to graduate from Le Cordon Bleu, Manley served as an intern, lead line cook and eventually executive sous chef at Decatur’s Cakes & Ale before joining the Fifth Group Restaurants team.
At Lure, Manley will helm the kitchen, drive menu development and work in conjunction with the rest of the team to flesh out the restaurant’s signature special menu weeks, focusing on the merits and diverse flavors each type of seafood has to offer.
Fifth Group restaurants include: South City Kitchen, La Tavola Trattoria, Ecco, The Original El Taco, Alma Cocina and Lure, as well as full-service events company Bold Catering & Design.