My Kitchen Rules star Manu Feildel leaves Channel Seven after 11 years

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Celebrity chef Manu Feildel has confirmed he will be leaving Channel Seven once his contract expires at the end of the month.

After My Kitchen Rules was cancelled last year, the TV cook was left without a regular gig.

Manu Feildel
Manu Feildel has confirmed he will be leaving Channel Seven once his contract expires at the end of the month. Photo: Getty

The 47-year-old confirmed the news with The Sydney Morning Herald, however, the star is set to appear in the next season of SAS Australia, which has already been filmed.

While he is unsure what he will do in the near future, one thing he told the publication he won't be doing anytime soon is launching a new restaurant, joking his wife would "kill" him if he did.

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Manu famously opened a restaurant with MasterChef Australia's George Colombaris in Melbourne that they closed within four months due to bad reviews.

The chef said the closure of the restaurant sent him into a period of depression.

"That was a slap in the head. That was a wake-up call," he said.

Manu Feildel and Pete Evans on MKR
The chef revealed he'd be keen to return to MKR should they attempt a revamped format of the show. Photo: Seven

Manu, who claimed to have missed out on a spot on the MasterChef judging panel due to his French accent, said he'd still be keen to host another show.

One type of show he would love to work on would be one that incorporated both food and travel – something several smaller production companies have approached him with. 

"They’re great ideas and I want to be involved with them but, again, it’s having the idea, producing it and then selling it that’s the trick," he said.

The chef also revealed he'd be keen to return to MKR should they attempt a revamped format of the show.

Manu Feidlel and Colin Fassnidge
Manu hopes to return to TV, perhaps in a travel and cooking show. Photo: Instagram/Manu Feildel

Whatever happens, however, Manu is "at peace" with it, saying, "I’m at a time of my life now where I’m at the crossroad. Either TV is going to stop and I’m going to keep on going with my businesses that I’ve had or television is going to change its course. I’m at peace with whatever happens to me."

Manu was born in Nantes, France, before moving to London at the age of 18 and landing his first restaurant job. In 1999 he relocated to Australia and almost immediately got a job in Bondi. 

He was then invited to work as head chef at Bilson's, a modern French restaurant, which won three coveted Chef Hat Awards, eventually making the transition onto Aussie TV screens in 2006 on Ready Steady Cook.

After missing out on the MasterChef gig, Manu instead got the role on My Kitchen Rules in 2010. He has also been a judge on Australia's Got Talent, and hosted Plate of Origin in 2020.

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