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.
Her diverse work portfolio includes mentoring and collaborating with chefs and industry colleagues, hosting pop-up events in Australia and overseas, national judge for the Delicious Produce Awards and the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Young Restaurateur Awards and Brand Ambassador for Byron Bay Cookies – developing new flavours to broaden their range and profile. She is also Food Director at Pearl Catering with a strong commitment to creative innovation and excellence.
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 (since 1999).
An inveterate traveller, Christine continues to broaden her global interests, hosting bespoke gastronomic tours to exotic destinations including India, Africa, Bhutan, France, SE Asia, Italy, South America and Tasmania.
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.
Food Director for Pearl Catering
Christine oversees menu design for this boutique catering company, as well as developing bespoke food and wine experiences.
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.
Anchovy Restaurant, Melbourne
Semi Permanent, Melbourne
Bucci Restaurant, Brisbane
Lodhi Hotel, Delhi, India
Sarojin Resort, Khao Lak, Thailand
Macakizi Beach Resort, Bodrum, Turkey
Amankora, Thimphu, Bhutan
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