Spanish super chef Miguel Maestre brings all the fashion of the food world to our televisions every Friday night on The Living Room. But his love of food isn’t just reserved for TV – it crosses over to just about every area of his life – from cooking to relaxing to fishing, and cooking what he catches. Between tucking into some churros con chocolate Maestre shared some of his other favourite things with us.
Movie: My favourite movie is Braveheart (pictured). It was the first movie I watched in English. Book: A Day At El Bulli by Ferran Adria. I spent a little time with him in his restaurant and it reflects one of the best experiences of my life. TV show: The Living Room ... hahaha . . . lifestyle at its best. Singer: Ricky Martin because I love his passion and love for people. Album: The Best of the Gypsy Kings. I feel well identified with their lyrics. Karaoke song: La Bamba. After a few sangrias or tequilas I sound heaps better. Gadget: A paella pan, as it enables me to cook large meals for my family.
Holiday spot: Spain – Murcia, my home town – it’s lovely to go home and see my mum and dad.
Thing to do on the weekend: Spend time with my wife and daughter – they are my world.
Place to go to relax: Kitchen. I find cooking very relaxing.
Hobby: Fishing with friends and family on the beach. Nothing like catching the freshest flathead and cooking a delicious fish and chips.
Sport to follow or play: Soccer and I love Manly Sea Eagles too. Dinner conversation topics: Discuss with my family how their day was and what they got up to.
Room in your house: The kitchen and living room – a combined room. I love cooking while everyone is in the room doing their own thing. Place to hide from everyone: I don’t need to hide from anyone. I am a real family man. Art piece: Guernica, Pablo Picasso, the most amazing painting, I could stare at it for hours. Item you can’t live without: KitchenAid. I make fresh pizza on a Friday quicker than my family can order through the local pizza shop.
Meal of all time: Churros con chocolate, the most amazing breakfast, lunch or dinner. Dish to cook: A nice piece of fish and a delicious fresh salad. Family recipe: Paella a la Maestre – a family recipe that has been handed down from generation to generation. Ingredient: Saffron, it is unique. A true staple from the Spanish gastronomy. I also couldn’t live without Extra Virgin Olive oil. Guilty pleasure: Jamon iberico, the texture is amazing when it melts in your mouth. Bar: Manly Wharf – the real taste of the northern beaches. Restaurant: Impossible question to answer as Australia has too many great chefs. Cafe´: Coffee Brothers, Mona Vale & Pellegrini, Melbourne – authentic.
Style icon: Julio Iglesias is such an inspiration. Fashion designer: Matthew Lawrence Bespoke. He dressed me for my very first Logies event. Piece of clothing: Leather jacket – they match everything and I have a few in different colours. Shop: Zara. Spanish fashion is fab. Artist: The Three Tenors Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti – so much power in their voices . . . I feel goosebumps.