About Manu

Manu Feildel has become one of the most popular personalities on Australian television as co-host of the successful My Kitchen Rules series on Channel 7. The series has been nominated for several AACTA and Logie awards since 2012, winning Most Popular Reality Program in 2014. In the past two years Manu took on new judging roles in ‘Australia’s Got Talent’, and channel 7’s new cooking show ‘Plate of Origin’ alongside long-term friends Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan. 2021 has started off with a bang, with Manu starring in Dancing with the Stars and SAS Australia.

Alongside his TV work Manu has also recently launched two projects close to his heart, his retail sauce range and a studio space in Botany.

The Sauce By Manu – a sauce range created and produced by Manu also launched in Woolworths stores in late 2019, this is a huge passion of Manu’s after always asking ‘Where’s the Sauce!’ he is now providing the sauce for home cooks!

Manu opened La Botanique in Botany in late 2020, a warehouse studio he co-designed that includes a fully equipped studio and commercial kitchen.

As an author, Manu has published four books: Manu’s French Kitchen (2011), Manu’s French Bistro (2012), French for Everyone (2014) and More Please! (2016)

It seems that Manu Feildel was destined to become a great chef from the moment he was born – his great grandfather was a pastry chef, his grandfather and father were chefs, his cousin is a chef in the United States and his mother is a great cook. By the time he turned 15, Manu had started as an apprentice in his father’s restaurant. After a year, he progressed to a fine dining restaurant where he finished his apprenticeship. Shortly after, the travel bug bit Manu and he packed his knives and headed for London. Where he stayed for 6 years working in restaurants such as The Café Royal and Livebait (where he received a nomination of best seafood restaurant in the UK in 1998) before Australia called.

It was there, working in the top French restaurants in the UK, that Manu really began to understand and love the career he had chosen. In 1999 Manu flew to Australia and it was in Sydney that his career started to move at a lightning pace — opening Sydney Morning Herald Chef’s Hat winning kitchens across the city, and eventually his own restaurants in Sydney and Melbourne.

After landing in Australia in 1999 it was in 2004 that Tony Bilson approached Manu to open his new venture Bilsons at the Radisson Hotel. In its second year of opening, the restaurant won 2 Chef’s Hats, and in its third year, this accolade had increased to 3 Chef’s Hats. In 2008 Bilson’s won three chefs hats for the third year running. In March 2009 Manu opened his first restaurant L’etoile in Paddington, Sydney, were he was awarded a Chef’s Hat in August 2009.

Manu first appeared on Australian television with TEN’s Ready Steady Cook. Manu participated in and won the 2011 series of Dancing with the Stars. Manu’s other TV credits include co-host of Boys Weekend alongside friends Gary Mehigan, Adrian Richardson and Miguel Maestre, which now airs to over 100 countries worldwide. In 2013 he recorded the first 2 part series of a 2 episode special on Channel 7, My France with Manu, to date he has recorded 2 further series, with Series 3 airing in 2016. In 2017 Manu realised a long held dream to follow Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in 80 Days on a gastronomic world tour in Around the World with Manu. In 2018 Manu was seen discovering the culinary delights and new cultural experiences in Manu’s American Road Trip.


Brand partners

MKR-logoManu co-hosts one of the most popular Australian reality cooking shows, My Kitchen Rules. Now in its 11th season (2020), MKR is one of Channel 7's biggest prime-time hits.

The Sauce by Manu - a sauce range created and produced by Manu can be found at select Woolworths stores in NSW, VIC & QLD.
La Botanique a multi-functional production, catering and event space designed by Manu Feildel. It’s the culmination of all of Manu’s experiences, both personal and professional. A celebration of sorts, it comprises of several different blank canvas areas available for a diverse range of uses depending on your needs.

Manu gives his tick of approval to Home Group's kitchen designs.

Manu has joined the judging panel for Channel 7's Australia's Got Talent, about to film its second season (2020).
After winning Dancing with the Stars in 2011, Manu competed once again for the mirror ball in the 2021 Dancing with the Stars: All Stars.
Manu hosted the one-off season of Channel 7's TV show Plate of Origin alongside Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan.
Manu has been announced as one of the contestants for the second season of SAS Australia on Channel 7.
Penguin-logoManu's first three cookbooks were published by the team at Penguin Australia.
Murdoch-logoManu's latest cookbook, was published by the team at Murdoch Books Australia.