Christine Manfield is one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs – a curious cook and a perfectionist inspired by the culinary melting pot of global flavours. As an award-winning author, her books – A Personal Guide to India & Bhutan, Dessert Divas, Tasting India, Fire, Spice, Stir, Paramount Cooking and Paramount Desserts have spiced up the lives of keen cooks everywhere. She regularly contributes food and travel features to magazines.
As one of Australia’s leading culinary ambassadors, her professional culinary life as restaurateur culminated in three ground breaking, highly acclaimed restaurants: Paramount in Sydney 1993 to 2000, East@West in London 2003 to 2005 and Universal 2007 to 2013.
“Chris has always had the most fantastic radar for where things are headed, for where the sun is setting; where it’s rising.”
— Jill Dupleix
Her diverse work portfolio includes promoting and liaising with farmers and artisan producers, mentoring and collaborating with chefs and industry colleagues, hosting pop-up restaurant events in Australia and being a national judge for the annual Delicious Produce Awards.
An inveterate traveller, Christine has hosted bespoke gastronomic tours over the past twenty years to exotic destinations including India, Africa, Bhutan, France, SE Asia, Italy and South America. Since relocating to the Tweed Coast in northern NSW in early 2020, she has recalibrated her working platform to invest in celebrating regionality through meaningful, sustainable tourism and is a member of Destination Tweed, a collective of engaged businesses across the Tweed region. Her vision for future travel and food tours has a sharp focus on immersive food and agri-tourism adventures in the Tweed and regional Australia.
“Christine woke people up to the flavours and influences from around the world through her food.”
— Nigella Lawson
Giving back is an integral part of Christine’s work portfolio and she lends her support to the following charities.
Ambassador for Eat Drink Design Awards
These annual awards support innovation and excellence in the design of hospitality premises and food retail environments.
National judge for Delicious Produce Awards
These awards champion Australia’s best and most innovative produce and producers.
Release of Ginger Spice Cream Cookies
Indulgent ginger biscuits sandwiched with a spiced fruit mince cream.
Mentor at Women in Hospitality
Championing women in the industry, this not-for-profit organisation provides members with a forum for exploring ideas, networking and access to education and mentorship initiatives.
Inspired by global travels, the menu featured distinctive and definitive flavour combinations that were not limited by traditional boundaries.
In the heart of Covent Garden, East@West exposed diners to the dynamic and exciting flavours of Modern Asian cuisine.
Paramount’s intrinsically modern technique, style and presentation were regarded as an Australian benchmark by the critics and the dining public alike.
Paragon & Phoenix, Sydney
Two pub dining rooms that brought attention to Christine’s culinary expertise
Release of Pride cookie for Byron Bay Cookies
This new rainbow cookie celebrates the Mardi Gras festival and love in all its colours.
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