Chef’s Table: Thomasina Miers

Thomasina Miers is a stupendously gifted cook, food writer and television presenter. After winning Masterchef in 2005, she founded Wahaca restaurants specialising in Mexican market eating. Herewith, her favourite London breakfasts:  


You’re going out for a weekend breakfast. Where do you go?

Pizza East on Golborne Road is very close to us. Eating dim sum in Chinatown features for a Sunday brunch. Gail’s never fails at making great croissants. And then there is Lisboa on Golborne Road, which makes great ham and cheese croissants. Lastly, I have just discovered Snaps and Rye, which makes the most sensational Scandinavian breakfasts with delicious cured fish and home made rye bread.


What’s great about it and what do you regularly order?

Snaps and Rye make almost everything in-house: wonderful pickles, beautifully cooked eggs and great cakes that my children love. It is also very casual with wonderful, hospitable staff.


What is your everyday breakfast?

I make huge batches of muesli at home full of nuts and seeds, raisins, toasted oats and coconut flakes, quinoa and whatever else takes my fancy. The girls love it – we all eat it in vast quantities, sometimes with homemade fruit purées and yoghurt and sometimes simply with milk. We also buy sourdough from our local market, which we have with masses of butter and my mother’s marmalade, which is probably the best on the planet, very dark and treacly, laced with whisky.


Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day?

It is definitely a time that I like to hang out with my family, check that everyone is happy before we all go our separate ways to start the day. It is also a good time to pack in some basic nutrition.  I feel that if you start the day well, it doesn’t really matter what happens next…


Tell us about your best breakfast abroad, or the country that does breakfast the best.

Mexico does mouth-watering and very lavish breakfasts with exotic fruits, amazing juices, eggs in every which way, amazing homemade salsas, chorizo, corn tortillas, avocados, grilled meats, dairy-free hot chocolates, and wonderful homemade sweet buns.


Where is the best place to eat breakfast in London that we won't have heard of?

My house?!  I make mean waffles with berries from the fruit bushes in the garden. Lashings of streaky bacon, maple syrup, strong black coffee, and freshly squeezed juice, anyone?