Thomasina Jean Miers
February 1976 (age 44)
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
|Education||St Paul's Girls' School|
|Alma mater||Ballymaloe Cookery School|
|Occupation||cook, writer and television presenter|
|Known for||Founder of Wahaca, Winner of UK Masterchef (2005)|
|Parent(s)||Probyn and Niki Miers|
Thomasina Jean "Tommi" Miers, OBE (born February 1976) is an English cook, writer and television presenter. She is the co-founder of the Wahaca chain of Mexican street food restaurants.
Thomasina Jean "Tommi" Miers was born in February 1976in Cheltenham, the daughter of (Michael) Probyn Miers, a joiner and furniture maker, formerly a management consultant and Niki Miers, of Guiting Power, Cheltenham. She grew up in "a big rambling house" at Acton, West London. The Miers family, landed gentry originally of Aldingham, Cumbria (then in Lancashire), owned the Ynyspenwllch estate in Glamorganshire until the time of her grandfather, Cmdr Richard Eustace Probyn Miers, RN. Miers has a twin brother, Dighton, and a sister, Talulah.
She studied at St Paul's Girls' School and Ballymaloe Cookery School and worked as a freelance cook and writer, with influences from time spent in Mexico.
In 2005, Miers won the BBC TV cookery competition MasterChef , "impressing judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace with her bold and, at times, eccentric cooking style".
She has made two series of cookery programmes for Channel 4 with co-presenter Guy Grieve: Wild Gourmetsin 2007 and A Cook's Tour of Spain in 2008. In 2011, she presented Mexican Food Made Simple for Channel 5.
She is co-editor with Annabel Buckingham of the cookbook Soup Kitchen (with an introduction by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall). She has also written Cook: Smart Seasonal Recipes for Hungry People,The Wild Gourmets: Adventures in Food and Freedom, with Guy Grieve, and Mexican Food Made Simple.
Miers co-founded Wahaca, which became a chain of Mexican "street food" restaurants, alongside Mark Selby in 2006.The company opened its first restaurant in London's Covent Garden in August 2007 and in October 2008 a second opened at Westfield London. In 2011, Wahaca launched their first mobile street kitchen, selling Mexican street food on the streets of London. As of December 2017, Wahaca had 25 branches.
Miers is married to Mark Williams, a fund manager at Liontrust Asset Managementand they have three daughters.
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