The celebrity chef gets candid about family life
Manu Feildel may make a mean meal on our TV screens, but the father-of-two has found some new challenges both in and out of the kitchen during isolation with his kids, Jonti and Charlee.
Like other parents around the world, the French chef and his wife Clarissa Weerasen have had their hands full looking after a teenager and a toddler.
Speaking to LifeStyle, the Australian Eggs Ambassador talks all things family, health and his ideal dinner party menu.
Who did you first have over for dinner once your isolation was over?
One of my very close friends and his wife.
Banana bread became very popular during isolation. Did you also make some? Does your family like it?
Banana bread was popular, however with the eggs in our fridge our family preferred making chocolate mousse or for breakfast, pancakes. My 5-year-old daughter Charlee enjoys making herself humble scrambled eggs.
Did you do any cooking with the kids? What’s your go to meal to make with kids?
Cooking is our favourite thing to do at home, Charlee loves getting involved in mixing. Kids have an affinity for cracking eggs, and I always make sure to include Charlee when I make something with eggs! Our go to meal is traditional French crepes with ham, cheese and a cracked egg on top.
What is your ideal dinner recipe card if you’re having people over? Can you explain it course by course?
As we are a mixed cultural family my friends love my Peking Duck Omelette as an entrée and as I’ve just launched a new sauce range ‘The Sauce by Manu’, I tend to make a good quality piece of beef rib eye or NY cut and serve it with either my mushroom, peppercorn or red wine sauce for [the] main [course]. Find it in Woolworths! And for dessert we don’t have the biggest sweet tooth, we usually serve a platter of cheeses instead.
What did isolation period teach you as a parent?
I love my kids, but unfortunately, I’m not a great schoolteacher. I loved dusting off the board games though.
How did you keep yourself sane?
Did you keep to an exercise regimen? You’ve spoken a bit about weight loss and health, what did you do to keep fit?
I kept the exercise up to work out 5 days a week, but the wine and the food has been up ,too. Not a great balance.
Any other tips in regard to throwing a dinner party? What’s the one thing that HAS to be there?
If you’re about to have a dinner party, and you have nothing in the fridge, at least make sure you have eggs as you can make almost anything out of them!
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