Feast: 100 generous recipes to share by Miguel Maestre shares 100 delicious (and yes, impressive) dishes to make and share from popular chef and co-host of ‘The Living Room’.
Combining recipes from his Spanish heritage (big flavours, generosity and shared feasting) together with the best of Australian produce, ingredients and cuisine, this is a cookbook that you will want to refer to when creating something quick and easy, original or fun. Some of the best features of Feast include professional tips for chefs of all levels, 12 essential Spanish ingredients to have in your pantry, tricks to intensify flavour, great recipes that kids will adore and, yes, three steps that will help establish yourself as a true paella master.
Whether it’s a quick brunch, a romantic dinner, a weekday meal for the family or a Christmas feast, there is something for every occasion here. Among many other recipes, please try the whole orange syrup cake or for a greater challenge, the ice cream cake, both of which are simply delicious.
Reviewed by Karen Williams
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
Miguel at 27 was head chef of “Number One” the Godfather of Australian Cuisine Tony Bilson’s Bistro. He then went on to open the biggest Spanish restaurant in Australia “El Toro Loco” in an outstanding waterfront location at Manly Beach after cooking with Ferran Adria at the number one restaurant in the world “El Bulli”. At the age of 29 he was the chef at the most prestigious event in Australia ‘Emirates Melbourne Cup’ building a strong reputation in the cooking scene. He was also the Executive Chef of the Formula One Grand Prix the biggest catering event in Australia.
Miguel 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.
It is Miguel’s co-hosting role on TEN’s four time Logie winning show “The Living Room”, that has catapulted him into the world of TV working alongside Amanda Keller, Dr Chris Brown and Barry DuBois. Other TV credits include “Boys Weekend” (airing in more than 100 countries worldwide), “Miguel’s Tropical Kitchens” where he charms his way through the tropics of North Queensland, cooking with exotic ingredients in breathtaking locations, “Miguels Feasts” airing on Network 10 and internationally and “Weekend Feasts” airing on Network Ten.
Miguel is the proud winner of Channel TEN’s most successful show “I am a Celebrity, Get me out of Here” South Africa 2020. KING OF THE JUNGLE.
Miguel is the author of three best selling books “Miguel’s Tapas”, “Spanish Cooking” and “Life Force”, that he was co-author alongside his best friend Barry Du Bois.
Miguel became the first Australian chef to launch an application for the iPad and iPhone featuring some of his most iconic recipes in April 2011.
Miguel is a proud Brand Ambassador for Stockland Shopping Centres one of the largest retail property owners, developers and managers in Australia. He is the Creative Consultant for Paisley Park Early Learning Centres, creating recipes for their seasonal menus. He is an ambassador for Harris Scarfe one of the biggest online business in the world.
Miguel also works very closely with RUOK and OzHarvest, Raising over $125,000 in 2020 for RUOK Charity.
He is the owner of Maestre Enterprises, Australia’s leading Free-Range Pork Small Goods company, available at Woolworths and the owner of Maestre Brewing Co. launching his first Pale Ale beer in December 2020.