Manu Feildel

BarbeCURE® Ambassador

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Photo of our three BarbeCURE Ambassadors: Anna Polyviou, Gary Mehigan and Manu Feildel

About Manu

Manu Feildel was born to entertain. As a young teenager, he trained with a local Circus group before heading off to start his Chef’s Apprenticeship. So it’s no surprise has become one of the most popular personalities on Australian television as co-host of the successful “My Kitchen Rules” series on Channel 7, which debuted in 2010 and ran for 12 years. Manu’s TV career has taken many different paths in recent years,  including judge of “Australia’s Got Talent” on Seven, a challenge he took on with gusto, he participated in and won the 2011 series of “Dancing with the Stars”, and is a regular guest presenter on Sydney Weekender. There is no end to the diversity of his presenting skills. In 2020 he was a co-host on a new series alongside mates, Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston,  “Plate of Origin” for the Seven Network.

It seems that Manu Feildel was destined to become a talented chef from the moment he was born – 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. But, as a child, he saw his future on the stage rather than in the kitchen, and at 13 years old he joined an amateur circus school. By the time he turned 15, Manu had decided that the road to becoming a professional clown was a very long process, so he started as an apprentice in his father’s restaurant.  After a year, he progressed to a fine dining restaurant where he finished his apprenticeship.  Shortly after, the travel bug bit Manu and he packed his knives and headed for London.

Manu’s Chef’s career includes roles in London at The Cafe Royal  Les Associes and Cafe des Amis du VinLivebait, and in 1999 Manu flew to Melbourne where he worked at Toofeys, then Hugo’s at Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach, and then onto Restaurant VII with its exciting fusion of French and Japanese cuisine (2 Chef’s Hats from Sydney Morning Herald). In 2004, Tony Bilson approached Manu to open his new venture Bilson’s at the Radisson Hotel.  In its second year of opening, the restaurant won 2 Chef’s Hats, and in its third year, this accolade had increased to 3 Chef’s Hats. In 2008 Bilson’s won three chefs hats for the third year running. Manu made the leap of faith in March 2009 Manu opening his first restaurant L’etoile in Paddington, Sydney. But then TV came knocking and MKR was born.

In 2016, Manu realized a dream of co-producing his first TV series, called Around the World with Manu, which aired on 7Two. He has hosted two series of My France and Manu’s American Roadtrip for Channel Seven.

Manu first appeared on Australian television with Ten’s Ready Steady Cook and he has also been a regular presenter on The Circle, Sunrise, Seven’s Morning show and 9am with David & Kim. Manu’s other TV credits include co-host of “Boys Weekend” alongside friends Gary Mehigan, Adrian Richardson and Miguel Maestre, which now airs to over 110 countries worldwide. 

Manu is currently Ambassador for Obela Dips & Spreads and Home Group. He launched his Sauce range nationally in Australia in 2019, which continues to grow in its range and popularity.

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