Popular host of “My Kitchen Rules” with decades of culinary expertise.
As co-host of the successful “My Kitchen Rules” series on Channel 7, Manu Feildel has quickly become one of Australia’s most beloved TV personalities. Having also won the 2011 season of “Dancing with the Stars”, as well as two cookbooks on French cuisines, Manu is an incredibly prolific and recognisable talent within Australian entertainment.
Born to a family of chefs dating back generations, Manu’s culinary background and love of cooking extends far beyond his career. After a short period in amateur circus school as a teenager, Manu returned to cooking as an apprentice for his father's restaurant. After completing his apprenticeship and progressing to fine-dining, Manu packed his knives and headed for London.
Despite not speaking any English at the time, Manu’s perseverance paid off and he found himself working for a range of establishments, including The Cafe Royal, Les Associes and Cafe des Amis du Vin. Before long, he took up a position as Chef de Partie at the seafood restaurant Livebait where he really began to fall in love with the career he had chosen. Manu progressed to Sous-Chef and then Head Chef over his three years at Livebait, earning them the nomination of best seafood restaurant in the UK in 1998.
In 1999, Many took his culinary expertise down under, where he worked at a range of Australian restaurants like Melbourne’s Toofey’s and Sydney’s Hugo’s. He opened and ran the new kitchen at Hugo’s Lounge in King’s Cross, and explored French and Japanese fusion cuisine at Restaurant VII (2 Chef’s Hats from Sydney Morning Herald).
On Tony Bilson’s invitation, Manu opened and ran the new kitchen at Bilsons at the Radisson Hotel in 2004. The restaurant won 2 Chef's Hats within its first two years of opening, and 3 Chef's Hats in its third year. By 2008, Bilson's was awarded three Chef’s Hats for the third year running.
In 2009, Manu opened his first restaurant L’etoile in Sydney to share his love for French Bistro food. L’etoile was awarded a Chef's Hat in August 2009 and Manu won the “Shoot the Chef” competition for the Sydney Good Food Month.
Manu’s impressive career experience extends outside of the kitchen. Besides being a co-host on “My Kitchen Rules”, Manu’s has also been a co-host on “Boys Weekend” alongside friends Gary Mehigan, Adrian Richardson and Miguel Maestre. He has appeared on TEN's Ready Steady Cook, The Circle, Sunrise, Seven’s Morning show and 9am with David & Kim. Manu is a regular contributor to New Idea and was a judge on Channel 7's 2019 season of 'Australia's Got Talent'.
He is equally passionate about sharing his love of food off-screen. He continues to do guest appearances at numerous dinners and events around Australia with his gorgeous and fun approach to culinary presentations.