Christine Manfield is a highly regarded Australian chef, author, food writer, food manufacturer, presenter, teacher and gastronomic traveller whose culinary work draws on the exciting tastes and flavours of many cultures, whose passion and skills are world renowned.
One of Australia’s first internationally celebrated chefs, A perfectionist inspired by strong flavours, Christine is a creative spirit whose generosity and skills have inspired young chefs, and a writer whose books have spiced up the lives of keen cooks from Melbourne to Manhattan. In 1993 Christine and her partner Margie Harris founded the legendary Paramount, a restaurant that would garner stellar reviews and set a new benchmark for Australian food.
Not content with conquering her home country, Christine relocated to London in October 2003 to open East @ West in Covent Garden to instant critical acclaim. It was awarded Best New Restaurant by the 2004 London Tatler Restaurant Guide plus the Catey's Award for Best UK Menu 2004. In 2005 when the property was sold by the owners, Christine returned to Sydney and opened Universal Restaurant in August 2007 once again to instant critical acclaim.
(1) Most thumbed cookbook?
You have to be joking to think that any ONE book would suffice!! Fuschia Dunlop’s Revolutionary Food, David Thompson’s Thai Food, Oriol Balaguer’s Desserts for starters – there are hundreds more that I use as constant references.
(2) Last meal you cooked at home?
Last night I cooked harissa prawns with cucumber avocado salad
(3) Guilty pleasure?
(4)Kitchen tools you can't live without?
Knife, stick blender, mortar and pestle, juice extractor
(5) Favourite ingredients?
Passionfruit, eggplant, chilli, oysters, goats cheese, chocolate, figs
For more information about Christine Manfield click here: www.christinemanfield.com