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.
At 27, Miguel was head chef of Godfather of Australian Cuisine Tony Bilson’s Bistro, Number One, 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 El Toro Loco on the shores of Sydney’s Manly Beach. At age 29 he ran the kitchen at Melbourne’s prestigious ‘Emirates Melbourne Cup’ building a strong reputation in the cooking scene.
Miguel has been awarded by His Majesty The King of Spain Spain’s highest citizen award, The Order of Civil Merits, for his extraordinary service to the nation for the benefit of Spain in the Australian media.
It’s Miguel’s co-hosting role on Network 10’s three-time Logie winning show The Living Room that catapulted him into the world of TV, working alongside Amanda Keller, Dr Chris Brown and Barry DeBois. Other TV credits include Boys Weekend which aired in more than 100 countries starring 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, and Miguel’s Feasts and Weekend Feasts airing on Network 10.
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 Australian Mushrooms, Stockland Shopping Centres nationally, and Paisley Park Early Learning Centres.
Miguel also works very closely with Cancer Council Australia, OzHarvest 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.