Miguel Maestre

What is CEO CookOffTM all about?


In this time of crisis and into the future, OzHarvest will be doing all that they can to reach those who are affected by fires, drought, and floods, in addition to continuing to support the 1,300 charities that rely on them every day.

The OzHarvest CEO Cookoff™ fundraising will focus on the food crisis relief in four categories:

•        Keeping the wheels turning on our fleet of 57 food rescue vans that deliver food to over 1,300 charities around Australia

•        Resourcing a bespoke Mobile Market that will take free food directly to communities impacted by the ongoing fires and drought

•        Providing additional resources and support to our local OzHarvest operations in both metro and regional locations to meet the increase in food need

•        Delivering delicious and nutritious joyful community food events to areas that have been affected by droughts and fires, calling upon the support of Australia’s hospitality community
The 2020 CEO CookOff will be a festival of hope and joy, embodying the community spirit of Australia.

I'd love your support in helping me reach my fundraising goal! Every $1 donated to OzHarvest means they can deliver 2 meals to those in need.

My Bio

Having worked for many years in various kitchens around the world, Miguel Maestre is one talented Spaniard who has made Sydney his home. Born in Murcia in the south of Spain, his love for food was pre-determined from a young age. Miguel’s passion for food and life is infectious, and he has developed a talent for incorporating Spanish ingredients and cooking styles into his Australian menus. 

Miguel at 27 was head chef of "Number One" the Godfather of Australian Cuisine Tony Bilson's Bistro, working alongside Australia's leading French Chef Manu Feildel. After meeting Ferran Adria at the number one restaurant in the world "El Bulli", he opened the biggest Spanish restaurant in Australia "El Toro Loco" in an outstanding waterfront location at Manly Beach. At the age 29 he was the chef at the most prestigious event in Australia ‘Emirates Melbourne Cup’ building a strong reputation in the cooking scene. 

Miguel has been awarded by His Majesty The King of Spain the highest award a citizen can receive " The Order of Civil Merits " for his extraordinary service to the nation for the benefit of Spain in the Australian media. 

It is Miguel's co-hosting role on TEN's The Living Room, that has catapulted him into the world of TV being the first Spaniard in Australian tv history to be nominated for a Logie for best lifestyle show twice. Other TV credits include "Boys Weekend" (airing in more than 100 countries ?worldwide, along with fellow international chefs Gary Mehigan, Adrian Richardson and Manu Feildel), "Miguel’s Tropical Kitchens" where he charms his way through the tropics of North Queensland, cooking with exotic ingredients in breathtaking locations, "Miguels Feasts" airing on Network 10 and internationally and "Weekend Feasts" airing on Network Ten. 

Miguel is the author of two best selling Spanish books “Miguel’s Tapas” and "Spanish Cooking". 

He is the owner of Maestre Family Food and has a personal chefing business "Miguel's Experience".

My Achievements

$5,000 raised – Halfway there!

$10,000 raised – Bring on the Black Apron!

Target Increased

Thank you to my Sponsors


Terrie Mcdonald

Great fundraiser Go get em


Vanilla Dreams Australia

Thank you for being so humble ?❤️


Dilruk Jayasinha



Michael Fill


Helen Humphrey

Good on you Miguel. Happy to support you.


Cara Morgan

Always giving Miguel your generous spirit is contagious.


Marina Tamayo

You are inspirational and thx you for all that you do in making the world a better place.


Rebecca Joned


Sandra Anagnostopoulos

You are such an amazing human being Miguel. You inspire me to be a better person. ❤️


Antonia Calabrese

Your such a great human love your heart ?


Anne Wilkins

Miguel, you’re awe inspiring! I love every thing you do! Good luck with this fundraiser ??❤️❤️


Kirst & Toby Walker

Good luck legend!! Xx



Good luck Miguel!!! You're an inspiration to us all. So humble, funny, kind and caring. This world needs more Miguels!






Perez Hilton


Esther Lanham

Chop chop! Go Miguel!


Jade Rose Torre



Love your positivity and your generosity of spirit. Good luck with this event.



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