Miguel Maestre was always destined to cook: from a Spanish family who lived and breathed good food and wine, his destiny was pre-determined.
Miguel first began cooking when he was 21 when he moved from to Scotland to experience the world. His progression through the ranks was quick, and after working at Indigo Yard - part of Montpelier's Partnership, the biggest monopoly of restaurants in Edinburgh - he returned to Spain, before moving to Australia in 2006.
Miguel worked in some of Sydney's premier kitchens including Bather's Pavilion, Bel Mondo and Cru, before taking up the position of head chef at Minus 5, Circular Quay in 2008. At 27 years of age, it was a big test, but the reviews and customer feedback proved it was worth the leap of faith. Miguel was later appointed Head Chef of Tony Bilson's Number One Wine Bar in Circular Quay where, working under his friend and mentor Manu Feildel, he impressed the Sydney food scene with his authentic Spanish tapas and energy.
In January 2010, Miguel opened his first restaurant, El Toro Loco (The Crazy Bull) and was in the same year appointed consultant and creative chef of the Argyle's Bazar by Miguel Maestre in the Rocks. Now running his own catering business, offering a 'personal chef' experience, Miguel is enjoying the opportunity to create bespoke dining experiences for people wanting to entertain at home.
Miguel's TV credits include co-hosting the hit series Boys Weekend alongside friends Gary Mehigan, Manu Feildel and Adrian Richardson, which has aired in over 100 countries worldwide. His first series of Miguel's Tropical Kitchen aired on Lifestyle Food Channel in early 2010 and was sold around the world. He has appeared on Channel Ten's Masterchef, Junior Masterchef, has been a regular on The Circle and 9am with David & Kim, Channel Seven's Better Homes and Gardens, Channel 9's Kerrie Anne Kennerly Show and Today.
In 2011 Miguel launched his own cooking and recipe iPad and iPhone apps in English and Spanish and is currently filming and appearing on Network 10's new lifestyle show The Living Room with Amanda Keller, Chris Brown and Barry DuBois.
Miguel's passion for food and life is infectious and it is this that has seen his popularity soar as he does guest chef appearances cooking for the likes of Enrique Iglesias in the Emirates marquee at the Melbourne Cup and developing a talent for incorporating Spanish ingredients and cooking styles into his modern Australian menus. He released his first book Miguel's Tapas in September 2010 and his second book Miguel's Spanish Cooking in October 2011.
Client Comments for Miguel Maestre
- The Resort has had the best feedback from Miguel's cooking demonstrations. His charisma and energy for food kept the audience captivated the whole day. We would love to have him back again!
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