I’m trying to remember if Gabriel Gate ever received accolades from the French Government, or Les Murray from Hungary, but TEN’s Miguel Maestre has been lauded by the Spanish government for waving the Spanish flag in Australia.
Lucky for some!
Maestre was 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 ceremony even took place at the Embassy of Spain in Yarralumla in front of several hundred guests including a large representation of diplomats and members of government.
“I’m so overwhelmed, I can hardly speak,” said The Living Room presenter. “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”.