Manu Feildel’s life changed when he boarded a plane from France to Australia in 1999.
The French chef, who is most famous for his role on Channel 7’s My Kitchen Rules, has made a career, a family and above all, a home Down Under.
Speaking exclusively to Be at the launch of Hoyts Lux By Manu, the TV personality opened up about the move that changed his life.
“I’ve chosen this country to be my home and I’m loving it,” Manu said. “I get recognised everywhere I go, but I’m not looking to be well-known. [Australia’s recognition] That’s more than I need.”
Manu’s career began on Channel Ten show Ready, Steady, Cook but it was his move to My Kitchen Rules 10 years ago, and a win on Dancing with the Stars, that cemented him as one of Australia’s most well-loved personalities.
However the biggest and best change was meeting his now wife, Clarissa Weerasena in 2013.
The pair, who have two children, Jonti (from a previous relationship) and Charlee, got married in January 2018.
“Now that I don’t run a restaurant and with my change in career as such, I’m lucky enough to spend a lot more time with my family which is fantastic,” he said.
Clarissa and Manu cook together and even Charlee likes to join in.
“I love it so much because not only does she want to help, but she eats half of it as we go,” he said of an adorable Instagram post he shared recently of Charlee eating pizza they made together.
“The kids eat the same that we do, there’s no kids menu at home,” he revealed.
“My wife is Malaysian and she cooks unbelievable food. We cook so much at home. Even if I wasn’t a chef, I’d still be cooking.”
The chef has just revamped the Hoyts Lux menu and couldn’t resist the offer to do so.
“I looked at what they were offering and I did agree that it wasn’t exciting enough, and this little project became a big project,” he said.
The Asian-inspired menu is perfect for moviegoers who want a more luxurious culinary experience while at the cinema.
Manu’s passion for food and family is palpable – but his real enjoyment is making people happy.
“If you can put a smile on the face of twelve people at a table for 30 minutes, that’s all I want.”
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