Freo food in the lime­light Belinda Cipri­ano

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

THERE is not a lot about WA that cheeky Spa­niard and celebrity chef Miguel Maestre doesn’t like.

The co-host of the Net­work Ten’s The Liv­ing Room was in Fre­man­tle last week to show off the port city as part of the life­style tele­vi­sion show.

Vis­it­ing Cicerello’s, Lit­tle Crea­tures Brew­ery, Bathers Beach and the Fishing Boat Har­bour, the charis­matic chef said he loved com­ing back to Perth and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ev­ery­thing WA had to of­fer, es­pe­cially its pro­duce.

With a fo­cus on seafood, Maestre said he caught up with lo­cal Anna Gare and had been cook­ing with Fre­man­tle oc­to­pus, Rot­tnest scal­lops and Shark Bay prawns – all of which were favourites.

“You can’t come to WA with­out hav­ing seafood, so that was on the menu for us for this time,” he said.

“We did a seafood bar­be­cue us­ing all lo­cal in­gre­di­ents with your Fre­man­tle icon Anna Gare – she’s lovely, I’ve worked with her many times.

“Last time we were here I caught crabs – we went to Man­durah and caught some blue swim­mer crabs – and it was a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

“But this time we did a seafood chow­der to fea­ture on the show as part of five types of soups found around the coun­try.”

The chow­der, a re­cent ad­di­tion to the Cicerello’s Fre­man­tle menu, has be­come pop­u­lar with lo­cals and vis­i­tors.

As well as cook­ing up a storm on cam­era, Maestre took part in cook­ing demon­stra­tions at Stock­land River­ton and Bal­divis.

“I did two demon­stra­tions with a fo­cus on fam­ily-friendly meals and cooked my de­li­cious chicken ta­cos and my fruity icy poles for the kids,” he said.

“WA is pretty amaz­ing and I just love to come back with ev­ery op­por­tu­nity I get.”

Maestre said he was look­ing for­ward to hit­ting the couch in the new sea­son of The Liv­ing Room on Fri­day with co-hosts Amanda Keller, Chris Brown, Barry Du Bois and a few guest hosts.

“I love work­ing with my four beau­ti­ful friends – the chem­istry is good and we all work re­ally well to­gether. This year it’s slightly dif­fer­ent with Chris in the jun­gle and Barry not well but he is in very good spir­its,” he said.

“So this year we will have a few guests in­clud­ing Jamie Durie, Grant Denyer, Kris Smith and The Bach­e­lor’s Matty J join­ing us – it’s OK, Amanda con­trols us all.”

The Liv­ing Room starts on Fri­day from 7.30pm on the Ten Net­work.

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Big­ger fish to fry: Celebrity chef Miguel Maestre with one of Fre­man­tle’s fresh of­fer­ings.

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