Regional Flavours

Miguel Maestre

Having worked for years in kitchens around the world, Miguel Maestre is one talented Spaniard!

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 age 27, Miguel was Head Chef of Number One, Tony Bilson’s Bistro, working alongside Australia’s leading French Chef Manu Feildel. Then, 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 at Manly Beach.

Miguel has many other accolades to add to his name – he 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; he co-hosts TEN’s 3 time Logie winning show The Living Room; he has presented on several cooking shows including Boys Weekend, Miguel’s Tropical Kitchens, Miguel’s Feasts and Weekend Feasts.

In addition, Miguel is the author of two best-selling Spanish-focused cook books, Miguel’s Tapas and Spanish Cooking, and he was the first Australian chef to launch an app, called Miguel’s Spanish Kitchen.

He is also the owner of Maestre Family Food selling an exciting range of Spanish products including four different types of Spanish cheeses, jamon, paella, sangria, spanish rice and potato chips, which are sold in supermarkets throughout Australia. For more information on Miguel, head to his website.