By Leigh O’Connor.
"Love is the best ingredient in life – everything tastes
better.” ~ Miguel Maestre.
Whirlwind charisma and an incomparable passion for his
native cuisine have made Spaniard Miguel Maestre a household name in Australia.
Miguel’s love for food and life is infectious and he brings this to everything
he does, whether in the kitchen, writing a book or joining the team on
lifestyle television show ‘The Living Room.’
Born in Murcia in the South of Spain, Miguel’s family lived
and breathed good food and wine, pre-determining his future from an early age. He
first started cooking at 21 when he moved to Scotland to experience the world
and from there his rise through culinary ranks has been nothing short of
He now calls Sydney home after establishing himself as one
of this country’s leading Chefs, with a talent for incorporating Spanish
ingredients and cooking styles into his Australian menus.
Opening the biggest Spanish restaurant in Australia – El Toro
Loco - in an outstanding waterfront location at Manly Beach, earnt him ‘The
Crazy Bull’ moniker, which he has embraced and emblazoned as a stamp on his
At 29, Miguel added another dot point to his resume when he was
Chef at the most prestigious event in the country, the Emirates Melbourne Cup.
It is these efforts Down Under that have earnt him huge praise back home where
the King of Spain bestowed on him the highest award a civilian can receive –
The Order of Civil Merits – for his extraordinary service to the nation.
It is Miguel’s co-hosting role on ‘The Living Room’ that has
catapulted him into Aussie homes and hearts, as he embarks on weekly sojourns
with good mate Dr Chris Brown, travelling the country sampling food and
The author of two books – ‘Miguel’s Tapas’ and ‘Spanish
Cooking,’ he became the first Australian Chef to launch iPad and iPhone apps in
2011, featuring some of his most iconic recipes.
He shares one of those recipes, Paella
a la Maestre with us - using fresh, local seafood and Spanish paella rice,
this traditional plate brings together the flavours of the ocean with smoky
chorizo sausage, paprika and saffron.
Nothing says Spain more than paella, a Valencian dish with
ancient roots and humble origins that has now become a favourite around the
globe, served straight to the table drizzled with a little olive oil and
scattered with parsley and lemon wedges.
Paired with a glass of Rioja red wine, enjoy Miguel’s
version with family, friends and loved ones. Buen provecho…