5 Minutes With Manu Fieldel

Gorgeous French celebrity chef Manu Fieldel is back on our screens for the new series of My Kitchen Rules and will be serving up some of his signature dishes at the Taste of Sydney food festival in March. He has two restaurants in Sydney, L’Etoile in Paddington and the very chic Aperitif in Potts Points.

What do you love most about food festivals like Taste of Sydney?

Food Festivals are a great way to open the public’s mind about food. They get to try dishes and foods that they may not get the chance to otherwise. Also it’s a bit like a kids fair for adults, food and booze the perfect ingredients for a great day out!

Which ingredient/s are you enjoying cooking with at the moment?

John Dory is my favourite fish, I don’t ever get bored of it and the Australian ones are great quality.

Do you like watching other cooking shows? If so what your favourites?

I do love watching other cooking shows, they give me inspiration and I enjoy seeing other chefs work with food. My favourites to watch are Rick Stein – Food Odyssey, River Cottage with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver’s shows.

What’s your favourite dish on the menu at your restaurant L’Etoile at the moment?

Almond Gazpacho is my favourite dish right now, it’s perfect and so refreshing for this time of year. I love it so much that it’s on the menu at my new restaurant Aperitif, in Sydney’s Potts Point also!

What is one recipe every home cook should master?

The one recipe that everyone should try and master is a hollandaise sauce to put on your Eggs Benedict in the morning.

Taste of Sydney is on at Centennial Parklands from March 10-13. For more information and to book tickets go to or phone Ticketek on 132 849.

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