One of Australia’s most accomplished and recognised television personalities, Paul Mercurio has explored and succeeded in his pursuits of dance, choreography, acting, television presenting, cooking, beer brewing and writing.
Many will know Paul from his early dancing endeavours and his role in Baz Luhrmann’s critically acclaimed film, ‘Strictly Ballroom’. Since then, Paul has carved out an impressive dance and acting resume, performed in 14 feature films, countless Australian TV shows, choreographed over 30 dance works for stage and screen and performed in various theatre productions.
Paul has been nominated for both a Logie and an AFI award.
Later in his career, Paul began to follow his passion for food and beer brewing while he was a judge on the Seven Network’s popular and long-running ‘Dancing with the Stars’ for seven series. He has hosted several successful cooking shows including his own show, ‘Mercurio’s Menu’, for four consecutive seasons – 52 episodes seen in over 48 counties around the world.
He has taken his passion for food and beer into writing, having authored three cookbooks, his second book, ‘Cooking With Beer’, being declared the 4th best beer book in the world by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in 2012. It is currently selling in eight countries and in four languages.
Paul was a featured chef on Channel Nines Mornings Program and became a Guinness Book of Records Holder for the fastest sorting of coloured jelly babies using chopsticks! He opened his own beer cafe in 2014 which featured American style low and slow washed down with over 50 different beers from around the world.
In August 2017 Paul released his Beerlicious condiment range on the market featuring a hot beer mustard and a beetroot and stout chutney along with a range of four Rubs for spicing things up on the BBQ.