Octavio Mantilla was born in Nicaragua and moved to New Orleans as a child. At sixteen, he got his first job in a restaurant and has worked his way through all the managerial levels. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and an MBA from the UNO. He helped open Harrah’s Casino & Hotel in New Orleans, then to St. Louis as Harrah’s Director of Food Operations and has opened numerous fine dining restaurants for Harrah’s nationwide. Octavio returned to New Orleans to be reunited with his old friend, Chef John Besh, at The Besh Steakhouse in Harrah’s. Octavio joined John as a partner in The Besh Restaurant Group, running Restaurant August, Besh Steak, La Provence, Lüke, American Sector, Domenica, Lüke San Antonio, Soda Shop and Borgne— combining his vast experience in restaurant operations with a passion for customer service.