Manu Feildel interview -®
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Manu Feildel
MANU FEILDEL is one of Australia's best known and loved chefs. The host of Channel7 series My Kitchen Rules, has been a feature on Australian television for over a decade. In 2011 Manu won the 11th series of Dancing with the Stars showing that he has an array of skills outside the kitchen. He is the author of three successful cookery books. Manu lives in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs and has a son, Jonti,10.

C4K: What's it like being a famous Dad - for you and for Jonti?

MF: Obviously I don't see myself as a famous dad, just a dad to Jonti. As he's getting older though, he's noticing more and more that I get recognised when we're out. He's very good about it, but it can be frustrating when you just want some father and son time.

C4K: You can control a kitchen full of chefs and staff - could you control a room full of children?

MF: No way. Most of the chefs don't cry if I shout at them, but I'm pretty sure if I shouted at a room full of kids they would all be in tears… closely followed by me.

C4K: How did you spend Fathers' Day this year?

MF: We didn't do anything special really, Sunday is our day anyway, so we just made sure we had some quality time together as usual.

C4K: What's your ideal day with Jonti?

MF: A trip to the cinema (he'll watch the movie while I have a snooze!), brunch somewhere, a kick around the park, depending on the weather maybe a trip to the beach and a swim and then dinner at home.

C4K: How would you rate yourself as a dad?

MF: I hope I'm not too bad; you'd have to ask Jonti for my score out of 10 though!

C4K: What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to parenting?

MF: I think I am firm and fair. I love to have fun and a laugh with Jonti, but he realises I'm the one in charge and when it's time for discipline 9 time out of 10 he listens first time.

C4K: What are your hopes for Jonti?

MF: That he is happy and healthy and follows his dreams.

C4K: If he came home one day and announced he was going to join the circus, like you did, what would your reaction be?

MF: I'd be happy for him, as I said i'd love him to follow his dreams and I hope that I would support him in whatever these dreams are.

C4K: Top 3 things you couldn't do without as a parent?

MF: Bribes! After school club and a sense of humour!
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