His great grandfather was a pastry chef, his grandfather and father were chefs, his cousin is a chef in the United States and his mother is a great cook.
In 2010 Manu continued his success as a chef on TV. The beginning of the year saw Manu as co-host and expert judge on Seven’s My Kitchen Rules which was a huge role on prime time television. He will begin filming for the second series in the next few months and is excited about the new home cooks he will judge this time around.
A ‘Mothers day Boys Weekend Special’ saw Manu reunited with friends Gary Mehigan, Adrian Richardson and Miguel Maestres and a second series of Boys Weekend is in the pipeline. The series was sold to over 100 countries worldwide. Boys Weekend is a 13 part series which first aired in Australia in early 2009 on the Lifestyle Food Channel. It was also shown on Network Ten on Sunday nights from December 2009.
In addition to his TV commitments Manu has just also released his first cookbook. Manu is very excited about his 1st publication and sharing his many recipes with readers. He is now starting work on his 2nd cookbook to be released in 2012. He also has a regular feature in BBC Good Food magazine and a weekly column in New Idea.