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. 

Comments (64)

  • Luke

    1 month ago


    So tasty, Thomasina! And the food looks good too.

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  • Annie

    over 1 year ago


    I love the way the show, Mexican Food Made Simple, is presented; no fuss, clear and precise. A cut above other TV chefs. Everyone can take something from this programme, adapting the recipes to their own taste. I'll certainly buy the book, even though I've watched the series. More programmes, please!

  • val

    over 1 year ago


    my son and partner cathy took to blue waterand we went to your new resturant it was fantastic staff great love the show also good luck with everything

  • Dante Dejuras

    almost 2 years ago

    Dante Dejuras

    Great show on Lifestyle Network shown here in the Philippines every Thursday night and eager to see more in a more expanded time. Hope to see more featuring different places in Mexico coz we both have similatities in all aspects.. Do you a cooking book for sale here? Thanks and hope to hear from you. More power.

  • Carlos R.S.

    almost 2 years ago

    Carlos R.S.

    Hola tommy, nací y crecí en la Ciudad de México, he descubierto tu programa recientemente, y tenía que felicitarte, realmente estas mostrando al mundo la VERDADERA comida mexicana sus sabores colores y riqueza, tan solo verte me haces recuerdas cosas que viví en mi niñez; caminar por los mercados con ese murmullo de las voces ofreciendo sus productos, probándolos, los olores y los colores! me alegras la vista tan solo verte preparando la comida, tu las preparas casi como lo solía hacer mi abuela. Y las recetas en verdad una maravilla! Felicidades tu no solo haces un programa, haces recuerdos. Hi Tommy, I was born and raised in Mexico City, I discovered your show recently and had to congratulate You. You really are showing to the world the REAL Mexican food it's colors and rich flavors, just seeing you makes me remember things I experienced in my childhood; walk through the markets with the murmur of voices offering their products, tasting them, smells and colors!. You make my eye enjoy just seeing You making recipes and You make them almost as my grand mother use to make! And the recipes really wonderful! Congratulations You not only do a show, You make memories.

  • spudjwalker

    almost 2 years ago


    I've been to Mexico a couple of times in recent years, partly on recommendation from my father. Great place and it's a bit off the map for British tourists, not sure why. One thing that dad and I have noted is the lack of proper Mexican restaurants here, the food there is amazing and quite different. I thought maybe there's a niche here... But that may be changing. Looks like Miers is doing a good job too - keep up the good work girl! One request/challenge, if someone can do a vegetarian version of "pollo con mole poblano" I will love them to bits and possibly eat at their eaterie every day until I'm 100.

  • Ollie060665

    2 years ago


    More please!!!

  • memo

    2 years ago


    myself a mexican living in Britain i am really chuffed to see that a non mexican person is bringing this true mexican taste to Britain in its true form my respects to Thomasina she really does know what she is cooking and of course talking about.

  • martyn carter

    over 2 years ago

    martyn carter

    made your guacamole and you were right it taste fantastic, I wont be buying it again

  • Axel Andrew Rose

    over 2 years ago

    Axel Andrew Rose

    your gammon

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  • Mollie Hancock

    over 2 years ago

    Mollie Hancock

    Hi, will the TV show make it to DVD?

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  • diana

    over 2 years ago


    me encantas como cocinas,love every dish you had cooked in the proggamme. keep up the great food!!

  • joemac9

    over 2 years ago


    Made chilli chocolate truffles @ the weekend and doubled up on the chilli. AMAZING !!! So addictive. Great show Tommi.

  • Viki

    over 2 years ago


    I just love this programme. We go to Mexico quite a lot and this brings back all the lovely meals we've experienced in this wonderful country.

  • Erika

    over 2 years ago


    Tommi, lovely programme. I have lived and traveled all around Mexico, andreally recommend that You should go to Sinaloa (El Rosario and Mazatlan), there the food is unique, you won´t find it anywhere else. In Mazatlan is a restaurant called Panama, OMG, delicious! The owner is an old lady who has received offers to expand her bussiness, but she is not interested!!! So ,hurry to visit ahd try her recipes before she dies :(!

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  • Matt

    over 2 years ago


    Just seen your show on 5. Will be definitely trying out a lot of the recipes! Keep up the good work and i hope there are more series to come!

  • Debbie

    over 2 years ago


    Being a big foodie fan, of all different cultures I watch many a food show. Thomasina obvuiously loves mexican but she really should get her facts about the Spanish correct; before they brought anything anywhere and made it their own, they conquered many a far off land in order to do so, please, maybe wording of tact should be considered!

  • Glenn

    over 2 years ago


    Hi Tommi, What a great show, My wife and I love Mexican food, I am going to try a recipe today. Will let you all know how it goes. Hope there is another series in the pipeline.

  • kip

    over 2 years ago


    she is magic great cook better than nigella and sexier

  • Sheris

    over 2 years ago


    Having adopted our two daughters from Mexico I am always keen to learn and incorporate as much as I can about Mexican food, culture and traditions in our lives. We have been watching your programmes with great pleasure and look forward to trying the recipes.

  • Louise Johnson

    over 2 years ago

    Louise Johnson

    Hi Tommi, Thanks for bringing yet another inspiring show to television. Have really enjoyed watching and trying the recipes for myself. Any chance of another series of Wild Gourmets? That was SO much fun!

  • Marie

    over 2 years ago


    Marie Hi I have been a fan of yours since Master chef and always watch your cookery shows. You are an inspiration to all us "wanna be professional chefs" who sit on our sofa's and only dream about it!! Well done you, love the show by the way.

  • mark f nicol

    over 2 years ago

    mark f nicol

    I tripped over this TV chef and was hooked within mintes..invigorating cuisine or whatever the mexican for that!

  • Daniel

    over 2 years ago


    Hello, I love the show, I love your cooking, but what you cook in the show is not mexican food.

  • steve

    over 2 years ago


    hi im steve , live in the uk , but moving to mexico on friday 12th august and cant wait to sample the culture and food.

  • Tracey

    over 2 years ago


    Hi Thomasina, have been a fan of your cooking since your Masterchef win. Loved a cooks tour of Spain but this Mexican series is fantastic. But please please can we have the details of the fruity chile. My 7yr old daughter watched this episode and is desperate to try it.

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  • Adriana

    over 2 years ago


    Hi Thomasina, I'm from Mexico (currently living in London) and I want to THANK YOU for the wonderful work you are doing. I've seen a lot restaurants and recipes around that are nothing but mexican, and I'm glad someone so nice like you is showing that Mexican cuisine is much more than nachos and the excessive use of cumin. I can't wait to try the huaraches, ceviche, pork pibil and chicken tinga at your restaurant!

  • John Davis

    over 2 years ago

    John Davis

    I'm clicking now with my mouse, putting my fingers on my keyboard and tapping out my letters to form my words for my message. Thomasina, I love your recipes and you have a love of food that is infectious. Could we please cut down on the number of "my's"?

  • claudia

    over 2 years ago


    Well done! Really like the twist on the dishes at Wahaca and I'm enjoying the show. First proper salsa I've seen in British media (it has to be blended not just chunks with lemon as it is usually on recipes by some well known chefs). I am mexican and love food, so I know ;) Will try to make the nieve you did and will also see if it can be done with watermelon or melon, two mexican classic flavours too!

  • Steve Matic

    almost 3 years ago

    Steve Matic

    Very interesting show with genuine passion for good authentic Mexican food, love the format & style. Well done!

  • Peter Beaman

    almost 3 years ago

    Peter Beaman

    Hi Tommi Have been to your Wahaca place in Covert Garden twice the first time the quality of the food was very good but the second viist was slightly poor. I try and promote REAL Mexican food haing been out to 15 states in Mexico and sampled a lot of stuff on your programme. Concerned that most people still don't know how easy it is to make refied black beans, uses of Chorizo and how to make corn tortillas even when you can source the goods if you know the places in London, Manchester. I blend salsas too

  • Art Ramirez

    almost 3 years ago

    Art Ramirez

    ART RAMIREZ HERE . . . ANOTHER TEX-MEX-BRIT! Love the show, your enthusiasm and work with the street kids/families in Mexico City. Shame we don't have a decent Mexican restaurant in the Windsor area. Your show brings back wonderful memories of living in Mexico City, Texas & California! My best dish is MOLE POBLANO . . . you mentioned it but it's not on the receipt list! Gracias Tommi!

  • Brione

    almost 3 years ago


    You always make everything so easy and delicious looking. Just the tonic in this rain soaked land at the moment. Thank you x

  • Sue Smith

    almost 3 years ago

    Sue Smith

    Hi Tommi What a great program, I love Mexican food and your show has some wonderful recipes, I shall be trying some of them out soon, thank you

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  • simon

    almost 3 years ago


    I really love your program, great tips thank you! Where I can get the grilled ananas recipes?

  • Mex

    almost 3 years ago


    cultural theft nothing mOre nothing less

  • Vicki Wood

    almost 3 years ago

    Vicki Wood

    Hi Tommi, I live in Odessa Texas, 80% Mexican I am from Nottingham England. I love your show, Thank you for bringing such wonderful foods to the UK. These are the foods and soups and people my children and I are with evryday and we are blessed lovely people and wonderful foods.

  • else

    almost 3 years ago


    She is gorgeous, the food she makes looks great! I have been to Wahaca in London and the food and the staff are excellent

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  • julio valdez

    almost 3 years ago

    julio valdez

    Hi Tomasina, I am Julio Valdez, I live in madrid, I have a mexican restaurant ( Central Mexicana Restaurante & tequila ) with a friend ( Salvador Ventura ). We like your fresh concept, I knew of you because Christian Becker ( executive cheff of Contramar, Mexico D.F ) suggest me. He told me that you spent time with him in Mexico City ( specially in La Condesa ). If you come to madrid we´ll be glad to meet you and show you our small restaurant. Regards. Julio

  • Paul Murray

    almost 3 years ago

    Paul Murray

    Really wanted to try the fruity chile but disappointed that recipe is not available online - but loved the show! Please post recipe so that we can try it! It looked fab!


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  • anne allson

    almost 3 years ago

    anne allson

    Really enjoyed the show only just caught the last 20mins..I cook my special beef chilli often and am excited to try this fruity one....then I realised I have the Mexican cook book!!

  • Paolo

    almost 3 years ago


    You are an absolute star. Wahaca is brilliant, your food is brilliant. Whenever I am in London I try to make a point of visiting.

  • Chris

    almost 3 years ago


    Great show. Will you be putting up the recipe for the fruity chile you made last night? I have the book and I can't see it in there either, unless I've missed it?

  • lusanne

    almost 3 years ago


    fabulous cooking and looking forward to next weeks episode..and yes please include the oaxaxa chili recipe

  • Emma Eastham

    almost 3 years ago

    Emma Eastham

    loved the show, my favorite type of food! You don't have the recipe for the Chile online though and I really want to make it this week!

  • wendie

    almost 3 years ago


    as ususal fabulous fresh great food just want to get cooking.

  • minyer

    almost 3 years ago


    enjoyed the show!

  • Lisa

    almost 3 years ago


    Great show - will watch every episode now. Will definitely try some of the recipes out myself. Guacamole looked fantastic!

  • H Harrison

    almost 3 years ago

    H Harrison

    Just watched first episode on Ch5, Enjoyed every minute, shall certainly try some of the recipes.

  • V Charlton

    almost 3 years ago

    V Charlton

    Looking foward as a mexican in the UK is always refreshing to see someone who really knows our cuisine!!!

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  • david flaherty

    almost 3 years ago

    david flaherty

    your are a lovely looking woman .you have done well lots of hard work and dedication has got you there i followed you on masterchef well done you deserve it .good luck to you for the future tommy.x