After learning to cook at Ballymaloe in Ireland, and an enduring love affair with travelling, Mexico and Mexican food, Thomasina Miers went on to win the BBC show Masterchef in 2005, with her “bold, and at times, eccentric cooking style.” Her first cookbook, SOUP KITCHEN (HarperCollins, 2005), compiled recipes from celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver and Delia Smith, and raised over £100,000.00 for homeless charities. She has since published three more books: COOK (HarperCollins, 2006), THE WILD GOURMETS (Bloomsbury 2007), and MEXICAN FOOD MADE SIMPLE (Hodder & Stoughton, 2010). Thomasina presented the tie-in television series to WILD GOURMETS in 2007 and ‘A Cook’s Tour of Spain’ for Channel 4 in 2008, the tie-in series to her book MEXICAN FOOD MADE SIMPLE aired on Channel 5 in August 2011. Two further cookbooks have followed – WAHACA: MEXICAN FOOD AT HOME (2012) and CHILLI NOTES (2014).
Thomasina is the co-founder and executive chef of Wahaca restaurants – and jointly opened her first restaurant in 2007, which was subsequently awarded the Observer Food Monthly’s ‘best cheap eats’ award. Since then, the restaurant, which deals in authentic Mexican street food, has expanded with branches in Soho, Covent Garden, White City, Canary Wharf and the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent, as well as a mobile street kitchen and two new branches opening in June/July 2012. In January 2012, Wahaca won the SRA‘s Sustainable Restaurant of the Year award.
Thomasina wrote a regular column for the Times from 2005 to 2007, and currently writes for the Observer, Sainsbury’s Magazine, the Financial Times, Waitrose Kitchen, Delicious magazine and others. She supports, the National Association for British Market Authorities (NABMA), and the National Farmers’ Retail and Markets Association (FARMA). As well as her writing and television work, Thomasina is available for public appearances, talks and cooking demonstrations.
Thomasina’s Guardian profile, http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/thomasina-miers
Thomasina on The Kitchen Cabinet, http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01cjwtz/The_Kitchen_Cabinet_Episode_4/
The Pig Idea http://www.thepigidea.org/