Miguel's Tapas – Miguel Maestre

A touch of Spain for the festive season

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Miguel's Tapas by Miguel Maestre

Miguel's Tapas by Miguel Maestre


This is the first cookbook from TV chef Miguel Maestre, the ‘Sizzling Spaniard’ from Channel 10’s Boys Weekend and host of Miguel’s Tropical Kitchen on LifestyleFood.

Maestre also had the honour of being the Melbourne Cup 2010 Emirates Tent Head Chef, where his tapas reigned supreme.

The book contains more than 75 dishes, with a mixture of Maestre’s own original recipes and signature Spanish tapas. In this book he brings his energy and passion to tapas recipes.

There are tapas for any time of the day or night, from breakfast, lunch and dinner to snacks for morning tea, afternoon tea and late into the evening – and a handy glossary of tapas terminology, for those getting to grips with this relatively new form of cooking and serving food in Australia.

The serving of tapas, meaning ‘little dishes’ in Spanish, is designed to encourage conversation, and Miguel’s recipes, filled with colour, energy and flavour, will have you conversing and wanting to serve more from breakfast to dinner and into the night.

Miguel’s Tapas has a veritable Spanish banquet waiting for you that also includes snacks, desserts and authentic sauces.

From a family who lived and breathed good food and wine, Maestre’s destiny was pre-determined from a young age. He began cooking when he was 21, when he moved to Scotland to experience the world. His energy and enthusiasm made his progression quick, rapidly working his way up through the ranks at Indigo Yard, Montpelier’s Partnership (the biggest monopoly of restaurants in Edinburgh).

Since 2004 he has lived in Australia and has been fortunate to work in some of Sydney’s premier kitchens including Bather’s Pavilion, Bel Mondo and Cru, before taking up the position at Minus 5 at Circular Quay. At 27 years of age, it was a big test, but the reviews and customer feedback proved it was worth the leap of faith - Maestre soon became Head Chef of Tony Bilson’s prestigious Number One Wine Bar in Sydney’s Circular Quay.

Working under his friend and mentor Manu Feildel, he impressed the Sydney food scene immeasurably.

Maestre’s passion for food and life is infectious, and he has developed a talent for incorporating Spanish ingredients and cooking styles into his modern Australian menus.

In 2009 he opened his own restaurant, El Toro Loco (The Mad Bull) in Manly, Sydney, where his amazing tapas and paella have made the restaurant a hotspot on Sydney’s competitive dining scene.

‘I thank my lucky stars every day that I grew up in an area so rich in culinary tradition and plentiful produce - it most certainly planted the roots for the path I have followed today.’

Some recipes we like: kingfish ceviche, paella à la Maestre, rabbit and garlic rice, Galician-style octopus, lamb shanks à la Española, sweet-battered lemon leaves, Santiago’s tart.

Miguel’s Tapas by Miguel Maestre is published by New Holland Publishers (Sydney NSW 2010; hc 286 pp) and retails for RRP A$45.

VisitVineyards.com and WinePros Archive subscribers and Members can purchase Miguel’s Tapas from our book partners SeekBooks at 12.5% discount off RRP here (postage extra).



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