About Manu Feildel
Manu Feildel has become one of the most popular personalities on Australian television since co-hosting Channel 7’s successful ‘My Kitchen Rules’ in 2010.
In 2011, the second series also received top ratings with Manu again co-hosting alongside friend, Pete Evans. Manu released his first cookbook Manu’s French Kitchen in March and then went on to win the 2011 series of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ – making him even more popular. Now 2012 is set to be a big year with the release of his second book, Manu’s French Bistro, in March and the third series of ‘My Kitchen Rules’ continuing to rule its timeslot.
It seems that Manu was always destined to become a great chef – his great grandfather was a pastry chef, his grandfather and father were chefs, his cousin is a chef in the United States and his mother is a great cook. However, as a child he dreamed of the stage and at 13 he joined an amateur circus school. But by the time he turned 15, Manu had decided to do an apprenticeship at his father’s restaurant. Then he was bitten by the travel bug and packed his knives for London.
His first job at The Café Royal was difficult as Manu didn’t speak any English! But his perseverance paid off. After working at restaurants like Les Associes and Café des Amis du Vin, he became Chef de Partie at seafood restaurant, Livebait. It was at that point that Manu began to really understand and love the career he had chosen. During his three years there, he progressed to Sous-Chef and then Head Chef with Livebait being nominated for best seafood restaurant in the UK in 1998.
In 1999, Manu flew to Melbourne where he worked at Toofeys for six months before heading to Sydney. After six months at Hugo’s in Bondi Beach, he opened Hugo’s Lounge in Kings Cross. After 18 months, he moved to Restaurant VII with its exciting fusion of French and Japanese cuisine (two Chef’s Hats from Sydney Morning Herald).
In 2004, Tony Bilson approached Manu to open his new venture, Bilsons at the Radisson Hotel. In its second year, the restaurant won two Chef’s Hats and in its third year, it won three Chef’s Hats. And in 2008, Bilson’s won three Chef’s Hats for the third year running. In March 2009, Manu shared his passion for French bistro food and opened his first French restaurant, L’etoile in Paddington, Sydney. L’etoile was awarded a Chef’s Hat in August 2009 and Manu won the ‘Shoot the Chef’ competition during Sydney Good Food Month. Manu’s other TV credits include co-host of ‘Boys Weekend’, with friends Gary Meighan, Adrian Richardson and Miguel Maestre, which now airs to 100 countries worldwide.
Manu first appeared on Australian television with TEN’s Ready Steady Cook. Over the past seven years, he has been a regular presenter on The Circle, Sunrise, Seven’s Morning Show and 9am with David and Kim. Manu is a regular contributor to New Idea magazine and does numerous guest appearances and events around Australia due to his delicious food and fun approach. He will headline the Good Food & Wine Show Australia-wide in 2012.