Thomasina Miers

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Thomasina Miers
Thomasina Jean Miers

February 1976 (age 4344)
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Education St Paul's Girls' School
Alma mater Ballymaloe Cookery School
Occupationcook, writer and television presenter
Known forFounder of Wahaca, Winner of UK Masterchef (2005)
Spouse(s)Mark Williams
Children3 daughters
Parent(s)Probyn and Niki Miers
Wahaca, Covent Garden, 2008 Wahaca, Covent Garden, WC2 (3085088879).jpg
Wahaca, Covent Garden, 2008
Wahaca mobile street kitchen, 2012 Wahaca's Mexican Street Kitchen at Canary Wharf.JPG
Wahaca mobile street kitchen, 2012

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.


Early life

Thomasina Jean "Tommi" Miers was born in February 1976 [1] in Cheltenham, [2] the daughter of (Michael) Probyn Miers, a joiner and furniture maker, [3] formerly a management consultant [4] [5] and Niki Miers, of Guiting Power, Cheltenham. [6] [7] She grew up in "a big rambling house" at Acton, West London. [8] 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. [9] Miers has a twin brother, Dighton, and a sister, Talulah. [10] [8]

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. [11]


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". [12]

She has made two series of cookery programmes for Channel 4 with co-presenter Guy Grieve: Wild Gourmets [13] in 2007 and A Cook's Tour of Spain in 2008. [14] In 2011, she presented Mexican Food Made Simple for Channel 5. [15]

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, [16] The Wild Gourmets: Adventures in Food and Freedom, with Guy Grieve, [17] and Mexican Food Made Simple. [18]

Miers co-founded Wahaca, which became a chain of Mexican "street food" restaurants, alongside Mark Selby in 2006. [19] The company opened its first restaurant in London's Covent Garden in August 2007 [20] and in October 2008 a second opened at Westfield London. [21] In 2011, Wahaca launched their first mobile street kitchen, selling Mexican street food on the streets of London. [22] As of December 2017, Wahaca had 25 branches. [23]

Personal life

Miers is married to Mark Williams, a fund manager at Liontrust [24] and they have three daughters. [6] [25]

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Preceded by
Rosa Baden-Powell
BBC Masterchef champion
Succeeded by
Peter Bayless