Thomasina Miers

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Thomasina Miers
OBE
Born
Thomasina Jean Miers

February 1976 (age 43)
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
ResidenceLondon, England
NationalityBritish
Education St Paul's Girls' School
Alma mater Ballymaloe Cookery School
Occupationcook, writer and television presenter
Known forFounder of Wahaca
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.

Order of the British Empire British order of chivalry

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations, and public service outside the civil service. It was established on 4 June 1917 by King George V and comprises five classes across both civil and military divisions, the most senior two of which make the recipient either a knight if male or dame if female. There is also the related British Empire Medal, whose recipients are affiliated with, but not members of, the order.

Wahaca

Wahaca is a UK restaurant group selling Mexican-style street food, co-founded by Thomasina Miers, with 27 branches in the United Kingdom.

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Early life

Thomasina Jean "Tommi" Miers was born in February 1976 [1] in Cheltenham, [2] the daughter of Probyn, a joiner and furniture maker, [3] formerly a management consultant [4] [5] and Niki Miers, of Guiting Power, Cheltenham. [6] [7]

Cheltenham Place in England

Cheltenham is a regency town and borough on the edge of the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire, England. Cheltenham became known as a health and holiday spa town resort following the discovery of mineral springs in 1716.

Guiting Power village in United Kingdom

Guiting Power is a small Gloucestershire village in the Cotswolds, England. The population taken at the 2011 census was 296.

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. [8]

St Pauls Girls School school in Hammersmith and Fulham, UK

St Paul's Girls' School is an independent day school for girls, located in Brook Green, Hammersmith, in West London, England.

Ballymaloe Cookery School

The Ballymaloe Cookery School is a privately run cookery school in Shanagarry, County Cork, Ireland, that was opened in 1983. It is run by Darina Allen, a well known celebrity chef, cookery book author and pioneer in Ireland of the slow food movement. The school is located within the grounds of an organic farm.

Career

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". [9]

She has made two series of cookery programmes for Channel 4 with co-presenter Guy Grieve: Wild Gourmets [10] in 2007 and A Cook's Tour of Spain in 2008. [11] In 2011, she presented Mexican Food Made Simple for Channel 5. [12]

Channel 4 British free-to-air television channel

Channel 4 is a British public-service free-to-air television network headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It began transmission on 2 November 1982. Although largely commercially self-funded, it is ultimately publicly owned; originally a subsidiary of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA), the station is now owned and operated by Channel Four Television Corporation, a public corporation of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which was established in 1990 and came into operation in 1993. With the conversion of the Wenvoe transmitter group in Wales to digital terrestrial broadcasting on 31 March 2010, Channel 4 became a UK-wide television channel for the first time.

Channel 5 is a British free-to-air television network. It was launched in 1997, and was the fifth national terrestrial analogue network in the United Kingdom.

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, [13] The Wild Gourmets: Adventures in Food and Freedom, with Guy Grieve, [14] and Mexican Food Made Simple. [15]

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall British chef

Hugh Christopher Edmund Fearnley-Whittingstall is an English celebrity chef, television personality, journalist, food writer and campaigner on food and environmental issues.

Miers co-founded Wahaca, which became a chain of Mexican "street food" restaurants, alongside Mark Selby in 2006. [16] The company opened its first restaurant in London's Covent Garden in August 2007 [17] and in October 2008 a second opened at Westfield London. [18] In 2011, Wahaca launched their first mobile street kitchen, selling Mexican street food on the streets of London. [19] As of December 2017, Wahaca had 25 branches. [20]

Personal life

Miers is married to Mark Williams, a fund manager at Liontrust [21] and they have three daughters. [22] [23]

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Preceded by
Rosa Baden-Powell
BBC Masterchef champion
2005
Succeeded by
Peter Bayless