FAVOURITE THINGS

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - UP CLOSE -

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.

EN­TER­TAIN­MENT

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.

LIFE­STYLE

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.

HOME

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.

FOOD

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

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.

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