Episode 36: Thomasina Miers: Co founder of Wahaca, Chef and Writer

My guest today is Thomasina Miers 

In 2005 Thomasina was the first winner of the revamped masterchef. She is now a Chef and food writer. She is also the owner of Wahaca, the seriously successful chain of Mexican restaurants. 

She has written 7 books to date, has a regular column in The Guardian, has opened another restaurant called DF MEXICO. 

In total she employs around 1500 people, she has three young children and is basically super -woman! 

After dabbling in the world of VAT and accounting, a chance meeting with Clarissa Dixon-Wright changed the course of Thomasina’s career. She went from modelling Barbour bikinis to the world famous Ballymaloe cookery school and fell in love with cooking. After that she honed her craft, working at Villandry, writing cook books to support homeless charities and training under Skye Gyngell at Petersham Nurseries. 

Thomasina fell in love with Mexican food at a young age and after reconnecting with a friend from university they launched their hugely successful chain of Mexican restaurants – Wahaca to critical acclaim. I loved Thomasina’s encouraging words that everyone finds their calling at different ages and not to be discouraged if you still haven’t found what you want to do with you life. There is a whole host of delicious recipe ideas in this episode. I particularly love the sound of the onions, rice, peas and bacon cooked by her mum and the fresh prawns with homemade mayonnaise. 

Desert Island Dish

Dauphinoise potatoes with steak, the café de paris butter from the restaurant 6 portland road and a bitter leaf with vinaigrette

Pudding: loads of cheese and biscuits and chocolate

Luxury item: olive oil

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