Congrats to The Living Room’s Miguel Maestre who has been awarded the Cruz de Oficial de la Orden del Mérito Civil (Officer's Cross – Order of the Civil Merit) by the Spanish Ambassador to Australia His Excellency Mr Enrique de Viguera at a special ceremony in Canberra.
The award, bestowed by the King of Spain, Felipe VI, is official recognition of the celebrity chef’s “outstanding profile and representation of Spain in the Australian media.”
The bestowal ceremony took place at the Embassy of Spain in Yarralumla on the occasion of Spain’s National Day, in front of several hundred guests including a large representation of diplomats and members of government.
The honour comes just one month after the popular TV presenter and chef welcomed the arrival of his second child, and the proud Australian-Spaniard telling Ten's Studio 10 program, he cannot believe his continuing good fortune.
“I’m so overwhelmed, I can hardly speak,” said Miguel. “I’ve been living here for over 10 years. I came to this country with a suitcase full of dreams, a heart full of passion, and empty pockets. And now I have a family, a career, I’m an Australian, I’m Spanish. And I can’t believe how beautiful this country has been to me”.