Manu Feildel

Emmanuel Feildel (born 26 March 1974) is a French-Australian chef, restaurateur and television presenter trained in England, who is best known as one of the judges of the competitive cooking show My Kitchen Rules.

Manu Feildel
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Manu Feildel at GQ Men of the Year Award 2011
Emmanuel Feildel

(1974-03-26) 26 March 1974 (age 46)
NationalityFrench, Australian
OccupationChef, restaurateur, television presenter
Known forMy Kitchen Rules judge
Clarissa Weerasena
(m. 2018)

Manu achieved a solid reputation as head chef at the restaurant Bilson's before moving to open his own restaurant, Manu at L'Étoile, in 2009. The restaurant closed in March 2014.


In spite of a history of professional chefs in his family, including his father and a grandfather, Feildel decided to join a circus school at age 13 and learnt juggling, unicycling, clowning and some acrobatics. He stayed for three years and then decided that cooking was his first love and moved to London where he studied at the Cafe Royal restaurant.[2] He then worked at Les Associes, the Cafe des Amis du Vin and popular seafood restaurant Livebait.


Relocating to Australia in 1999,[3] he worked at a number of restaurants for several years before opening the kitchen as head chef at Bilson's on invitation of its owner, offering contemporary French cuisine. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, he was a key factor in Bilson's "three-hat success".[4] The Daily Telegraph indicates that it is for his service at this "exceptional fine diner" that he has fame among food lovers.[5]

Feildel began appearing on Ready Steady Cook in 2006 and on MasterChef Australia in 2009 and has co-hosted My Kitchen Rules since 2010.[6] Also in 2009, Feildel left Bilson's and opened his own French bistro, Manu at L'Étoile.[4][5] However, the restaurant closed in March 2014, with Feildel citing a "nightmare year" with too much happening including his My Kitchen Rules commitments and increased competition that had hurt his business, meaning he could no longer afford to stay open.

In 2010, he was the celebrity contestant in the first episode of the short lived Australian version of Beat the Star.[7]

Feildel won the 2011 series of Dancing with the Stars[8] and appeared at the 2011 Good Food & Wine Show.[9] He was also nominated for the Most Popular New Male Talent at the Logie Awards of 2011.[10] He hosted the reality dating series Dinner Date in 2011.

Following the closure of his Sydney restaurant, Manu at L'Étoile, Feildel in partnership with chef George Calombaris opened a new restaurant Le Grand Cirque in Melbourne,[11] which closed 4 months after opening, in August 2014.[12]

In April 2014, Feildel hosted a two-part travel-cooking documentary entitled My France With Manu which follows Feildel travelling through western France, highlighting the local food, scenery and his memories of France. The show originally screened on the Seven Network.[11]

Manu has starred as a recurring character on the Aunty Donna podcast, where he is portrayed by Zachary Ruane. The character of Manu has incurred significant controversy during his time on the show, including holocaust denial and taking responsibility for the September 11 attacks. One of the podcast's guests, Jared Jekkyl, claims to have met Manu in person during filming of My Kitchen Rules in Manu's home. Manu himself has so far failed to comment on his portrayal by the group aside from a brief mention on the Today show in 2019.[citation needed]

Feildel appears in the 2018 film The BBQ as French chef, Andre Mont Blanc.[13]

In 2019, he became a judge on the revived version of Australia's Got Talent for the Seven Network. It was announced on 23 October 2019 that Feildel would join former MasterChef judges Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston in 2020 on a new cooking competition show called Plate of Origin.[14]

He is a judge of the spinoff Australia's Got Talent: Challengers & Champions.[15]

Community workEdit

In March 2013, Feildel trekked the Kokoda Track to raise money for CanTeen, the Australian organisation for young people living with cancer. Each participant donated $5,000 to join the trek.[16]

Feildel is also an ambassador for Camp Quality, a children's family cancer charity whose motto is "laughter is the best medicine".[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Feildel and his partner Veronica Morshead[18] separated during 2009, after 12 years together. They have one son.[19] Feildel became engaged to jewellery store manager Clarissa Weerasena in November 2013,[20] and they married in January 2018.[21] The couple have a daughter born in 2015.[22]

See alsoEdit


  2. ^ Dale, David (6 April 2014). "My Kitchen Rules judge Manu Feildel takes viewers travelling in My France with Manu". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b Thomsen, Simon (11 May 2009). "L'Etoile". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 June 2009.
  5. ^ a b Merryment, Elizabeth (24 May 2009). "Mano Manu, a master chef". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 June 2009.
  6. ^ Rowe, Michelle (2 May 2009). "Tetsuya's chef teams up with a stellar cast in new Sydney restaurant". The Australian. Archived from the original on 3 May 2009. Retrieved 10 June 2009.
  7. ^ Burrowes, Tim (8 September 2010). "TV audience finds Beat The Star's bread-turning-to-toast a turn-off". Mumbrella. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Chef Manu Feildel wins Dancing trophy". The Sydney Morning Herald. 10 July 2011. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  9. ^ "Manu Feildel". Good Food & Wine Show. Archived from the original on 3 July 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
  10. ^ Mitchell, Thomas (5 April 2011). "Ratings: Manu's kitchen rules!". Archived from the original on 23 April 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2011.
  11. ^ a b "Rival TV chefs Manu Feildel and George Calombaris join forces for Melbourne restaurant, Le Grand Cirque". News Ltd. 15 March 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  12. ^ Lethlean, John (30 July 2014). "The Cirque is over". The Australian. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  13. ^ Buckmaster, Luke (21 February 2018). "The BBQ review – Shane Jacobson's likability can't save gallingly unfunny 'comedy'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  14. ^ Fowler, Bella (23 October 2019). "MasterChef's Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan to Team Up with MKR Rival". Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  15. ^ Kelly, Vivienne. "Sonia Kruger and Kyle Sandilands join Seven's Australia's Got Talent judging panel". Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  16. ^ Dumas, Daisy (10 March 2013). "Out of the kitchen and into the heat". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  17. ^ Camp Quality | Retrieved 7 April 2013
  18. ^ Hills, Brenden; Nauman, Zoe (7 April 2013). "Celebrity chef Manu Feildel and ex slice it up in court". Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  19. ^ Davies, Rebecca (4 July 2011). "Digital Spy - TV, Movies and Entertainment News". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  20. ^ "My Kitchen Rules judge Manu Feildel engaged to girlfriend Clarissa Weerasena". 11 November 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  21. ^ "Woman's Day reports Manu Feildel and his fiancee Clarissa Weerasena have married in Malaysia". Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  22. ^ "Manu Feildel: Meet baby Charlee!". New Idea. 23 March 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2015.