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Manu Feildel wants to end hunger in Australia

The beloved MKR star is on a mission to help those in need this winter.

By Bella Brennan

Manu Feildel is a busy man. The charming French chef is gearing up to film the eighth season of My Kitchen Rules as well as working on a soon-to-be announced show on Channel Seven.

But the father-of-two has teamed up with Campbell’s Kitchen and Food Exchange for an important cause close to his heart.

To mark the first day of winter, the celebrity chef is cooking up a storm and handing out free soup at the pop-up Soup Exchange in Sydney’s Wynyard Park.

Manu is determined to help feed 43, 000 servings of soup to vulnerable members of society and for every soup someone tries at the pop-up, Campbell’s will make a donation to Food Bank.

“I feel like I’m a lucky person in this world and giving back to society is very important to me,” Manu tells Woman’s Day Online.

Foodbank’s annual Hunger Report has revealed over 43, 000 people seeking help to feed their families are turned away each month from support services.

“In a country like Australia, it’s one of the best countries in the world it’s hard to understand why those things still happen,” Manu tells us.

“So I’m here today to cook some beautiful soups and to get people to tell everyone about it!”

Manu wants to help feed 43, 000 people in need this winter.
Manu wants to help feed 43, 000 people in need this winter.

When he’s not raising awareness for worthy issues, you’re likely to find the star in front of the camera working his magic or spending time with his gorgeous kids, son Jonti, ten, and daughter Charlee, one.

So what’s his trick for feeding little mouths?

“Bolognese always works as well as soup,” Manu says of his fail-safe family dinner options.

When it comes to his own diet, Manu reveals his Paleo days are behind him .

“I’ve decided I’ve tried it, it was a great experience but it’s not the lifestyle I would like to follow,” he shares.

Manu and his darling daughter Charlee.
Manu and his darling daughter Charlee.

“It’s all in moderation, it’s the keyword for me. I can still have cheese and wine but not a whole bottle by myself.”

The star dabbled with the controversial movement last year after his fellow MKR judge and passionate Paleo-advocate Pete Evans rubbed off on him.

"I've done a little bit of his [diet] and followed his direction a few months ago and I've lost seven kilos," he told The Daily Telegraph at the time.

As for whether we can expect to hear any wedding bells soon, Manu remained coy. "Nothing that I would tell," he said of his fiancee Clarissa Weerasena.

The *MKR* star and his fiancee Clarissa Weerasena at the 2015 AACTA Awards.
The MKR star and his fiancee Clarissa Weerasena at the 2015 AACTA Awards.

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