Thomasina Miers

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Thomasina Miers
Born Thomasina Jean Miers
February 1976 (age 42)
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Residence London, England
Nationality British
Education St Paul's Girls' School
Alma mater Ballymaloe Cookery School
Occupation cook, writer and television presenter
Known for Founder of Wahaca
Spouse(s) Mark Williams
Children 3 daughters
Parent(s) Probyn and Niki Miers
Wahaca, Covent Garden, 2008
Wahaca mobile street kitchen, 2012

Thomasina Jean "Tommi" Miers (born February 1976) is an English cook, writer and television presenter. She is the founder of the Wahaca chain of Mexican street food restaurants.

Early life[edit]

Thomasina Jean "Tommi" Miers was born in February 1976[1] in Cheltenham,[2] the daughter of Probyn and Niki Miers.[3]

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.[4]


In 2005, she won the BBC TV cookery competition MasterChef, "impressing judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace with her bold and, at times, eccentric cooking style".[5]

She has made two series of cookery programmes for Channel 4 with co-presenter Guy Grieve: Wild Gourmets[6] in 2007 and A Cook's Tour of Spain in 2008.[7] In 2011, she presented Mexican Food Made Simple for Channel 5.[8]

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,[9] The Wild Gourmets: Adventures in Food and Freedom, with Guy Grieve,[10] and Mexican Food Made Simple.[11]

Miers opened the first of her chain of Mexican street food restaurants, Wahaca, in the West End of London in August 2007.[12] In October 2008 a second Wahaca opened at Westfield in London.[13] Since then she has opened two further restaurants in Canary Wharf and Soho and in 2011, Wahaca launched their first mobile street kitchen, selling Mexican street food on the streets of London.[14] As of December 2017, Wahaca had 25 branches.[15]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Mark Williams, a fund manager at Liontrust[16] and they have three daughters: Tatyana, born 2011, and Ottilie, born 2013, and Isadora.[17][18][19]


  1. ^ "Wahaca Grocery Limited". Companies House. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "''The Independent'': "My Secret Life: Thomasina Miers, chef & food broadcaster"". 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Profile at agalinks". Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  5. ^ "BBC Food profile". Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  6. ^ "Wild Gourmets". Channel 4. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  7. ^ "A Cook's Tour of Spain". Channel 4. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  8. ^ "Mexican Food Made Simple". Channel 5. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  9. ^ HarperCollins, 2005, ISBN 0-00-722937-2
  10. ^ Bloomsbury Publishing, 2007, ISBN 978-0-7475-9157-3
  11. ^ Hodder, 2010, ISBN 978-0-340-99497-9
  12. ^ "Wahaca". Caterersearch. 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  13. ^ "Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers to launch second Wahaca". Caterersearch. 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ "Locations - Wahaca". Wahaca. Retrieved 18 December 2017. 
  16. ^ "The Asia team - Who we are - Liontrust Asset Management PLC". Retrieved 18 December 2017. 
  17. ^ "Emotional ties with chef Thomasina Miers". Retrieved 18 December 2017. 
  18. ^ "''The'': Engagement Announcements". Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  19. ^ Urwin, Rosamund (30 January 2017). "Wahaca co-founder Thomasina Miers on Donald Trump, tacos and norovirus". Evening Standard. Retrieved 18 December 2017. 

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