Everyone needs to eat three meals a day for the rest of their life. This is more or less how I got interested in cooking in the first place; I have always been a huge fan of eating. This might sound ridiculous, but I think I am addicted to food. Ask anyone who knows me; I’ll be planning dinner first thing in the morning, and thinking about tomorrow’s breakfast as soon as that dinner is finished. I believe everyone should learn not just how to cook, but learn how to love to cook. Using me as an example (I’m twenty-one), assuming I live to the ripe age of eighty-two, eating three meals a day, that’s 66,795 bad experiences I would have had if I didn’t know how to cook. And yes, I’m a bit of a nerd.
Since becoming runner-up of the 2010 Masterchef, I have had my hands full! I have spent my time working and learning in some of Australia’s best kitchens, including The Press Club, Maha, Hellenic Republic, and PM24. I have also toured Australian universities teaching students how to cook and eat well. I loved teaching students and saw huge potential to continue to educate, and hopefully inspire people to cook. In 2011 I started my own cooking school in Adelaide, Sprout Cooking with dietitian Themis Chryssidis, which continues to grow. Between Sprout classes I work with the Adelaide Produce Market community, Wesley Mission’s Food For Families Appeal, Chef de Quota, the Thankyou™ team, Jamie Oliver’s Home Cooking Skills and SA Life. I was also fortunate to win $20,000 for the Cancer Council by taking out the Masterchef Allstars title.
After fulfilling a lifelong dream of writing my first cookbook: The Starter Kitchen, I was lucky enough to publish a second book, I’d Eat That!
Finally, my philosophy is that food should be simple, seasonal, and fresh.