Christine Manfield is one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs who is also an author, food and travel writer, food manufacturer, presenter, teacher and gastronomic traveller whose culinary work draws on the exciting tastes and flavours of many cultures, whose passion and commitment to culinary excellence are world renowned.
Christine has published eight acclaimed and award winning books with Lantern Penguin Australia with future works underway. She has also had material published in several cooking anthologies and collections and her work has featured in Australian, Indian, European and American culinary magazines. She has written food columns and travel features for Australian newspapers and magazines.
An inveterate traveller, Christine continues to broaden her global interests working alongside respected chefs around the world
A love of spices and an understanding of the home cook's need for authentically flavoured simple sustaining food led Christine to develop the Christine Manfield Spice Collection range of spice pastes and condiments widely available at retail stores throughout Australia.
Her professional culinary life as restaurateur has culminated in three groundbreaking, award winning restaurants: Paramount in Sydney from 1993 to 2000, East@West in London from 2003 to 2005 and Universal from 2007 to 2013.
Christine’s philanthropic work covers a broad spectrum. In Australia she supports the Cathy Freeman Foundation and is an ambassador for Oz Harvest and Artisans of Fashion. Christine contributes and lends her support to Room to Read, a brilliant educational program for girls in third world countries, a commitment to the belief that world change starts with education.
Christine is also an ambassador for Plan International’s ‘From Cup to Crop’ and ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaigns. She starred in Plan’s television documentary FOOD FOR THE FUTURE filmed in Zimbabwe in December 2010 and screened on Channel 10 in June 2011. She was also chosen as one of Australia’s ambassadors for Amnesty International’s ‘A Taste of Freedom’ national campaign to celebrate their 50th birthday
Since 2008, Christine has been a mentor and judge for Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Young Restaurateur of the Year and also mentors young female apprentices through the NSW Tasting Success program. She has appeared as a guest chef and judge on Masterchef Australia, Series 2 (2010), Series 3 (2011), Series 4 (2012) and Junior Masterchef 2010.