Having worked for many years in various kitchens around the world, Miguel Maestre is one talented Spaniard who has made Sydney his home. Born in Murcia in the south of Spain, his love for food was pre-determined from a young age. Miguel’s passion for food and life is infectious, and he has developed a talent for incorporating Spanish ingredients and cooking styles into his Australian menus.
Miguel at 27 was head chef of “Number One” the Godfather of Australian Cuisine Tony Bilson’s Bistro, working alongside Australia’s leading French Chef Manu Feildel. After meeting Ferran Adria at the number one restaurant in the world “El Bulli”, he opened the biggest Spanish restaurant in Australia “El Toro Loco” in an outstanding waterfront location at Manly Beach. At the age 29 he was the chef at the most prestigious event in Australia ‘Emirates Melbourne Cup’ building a strong reputation in the cooking scene.
Miguel has been awarded by His Majesty The King of Spain the highest award a citizen can receive ” The Order of Civil Merits ” for his extraordinary service to the nation for the benefit of Spain in the Australian media.
It is Miguel’s co-hosting role on TEN’s 2 time Logie winning show “The Living Room” that has catapulted him into the world of TV, working alongside Amanda Keller, Dr Chris Brown and Barry DeBois. Other TV credits include “Boys Weekend” (airing in more than 100 countries worldwide, along with fellow international chefs Gary Mehigan, Adrian Richardson and Manu Feildel), “Miguel’s Tropical Kitchens” where he charms his way through the tropics of North Queensland, cooking with exotic ingredients in breathtaking locations, “Miguels Feasts” airing on Network 10 and internationally, and “Weekend Feasts” airing on Network Ten.
Miguel’s love of fresh, local and seasonal produce also sees him as a regular in the country’s top food festivals including Good Food & Wine Show, Regional Flavours, Toowoomba Food & Wine Festival and Grampians Grape Escape, just to name a few.
Miguel is the author of two best selling Spanish books “Miguel’s Tapas” and “Spanish Cooking”.
Miguel became the first Australian chef to launch an application for the iPad ‘Miguel’s Spanish Kitchen’ featuring some of his most iconic recipes, this was closely followed by an iPhone version in April 2011.
Miguel is also a proud Brand Ambassador for Stockland Shopping Centres nationally, where his A-Z of mmm campaign for fresh, local, seasonal produce sees him appearing throughout the country delivering the message that eating fresh and local is best.
Miguel also works very closely with Cancer Council Australia and CARE Australia.
He is the owner of Maestre Family Food selling an exciting range of Spanish products including 4 different types of spanish cheeses, Jamon, Paella, Sangria, Spanish Rice and Potato Chips. These are currently sold in Woolworths and Independents throughout Australia.