Mexican Food Made Simple

Thomasina Miers

A former MasterChef winner, Tommi has run market stalls in Ireland, opened a cocktail bar in Mexico City and co-founded restaurant group Wahaca.

Thomasina Miers fronts Mexican Food Made Simple on Channel 5

Thomasina Miers was winner of BBC 2's MasterChef in 2005 after stints as a VAT consultant, a financial journalist and a digital strategist.  She dedicated herself to cooking after going to the Ballymaloe Cooking School in Ireland, and has since dabbled in everything from cheesemaking and running market stalls in Ireland to opening a large restaurant and cocktail bar in Mexico City in 2003. In 2005, following her MasterChef win, Tommi spent six months cheffing at the Petersham Nurseries Café, cooking locally sourced, seasonal food with head chef Skye Gyngell. 

Tommi has written food articles for Waitrose Food Illustrated, the Financial Times, the Guardian and had a regular column in the Saturday Times from 2006-2009.  She currently writes for Country Life.  She has written and co-edited four cookery books: Soup Kitchen; Cook; Wild Gourmets; and Mexican Food Made Simple, the inspiration behind the Channel 5 series. Tommi has also presented other TV cookery programmes, including A Cook’s Tour of Spain, and is the face of British markets, NABMA.  

In August 2007 Tommi jointly opened Wahaca, an award-winning Mexican restaurant group whose dishes are inspired by the food markets of Mexico, using free-range meat and sustainable fish, and recycling everything down to its food waste. Tommi's cooking style uses seasonal, locally sourced ingredients with inspirations from her travels abroad.