Welcome on my journey through the fabulous world of food. It’s been a ball, but I wasn’t always dreaming of paprika and pork bellies. I grew up in the small town of Walkerston in Queensland, raised by a single mother with little time and whose ‘meat and three-veg’ philosophy probably allowed my nutrition levels to flourish but left my tastebuds begging for more. But in the beginning, fate had other ideas.
At the tender age of 18, I was discovered as a model. I moved to Sydney under contract, and then spent most of my career travelling the world and working for high-end fashion labels. Through visiting amazing places like London, New York, Germany and New Zealand, I discovered a love for food culture I had never known. Exposure to so many different and exciting cuisines exhilarated my imagination and I began to feel heady with possibility.
Through meeting my partner I experienced the beauty and colour of Indian culture, and the idea crystallised in my head that the food experience was transformative. Through adding a gorgeous spice rub to a piece of meat, you really lifted that dish to a new level. You created art.
Those of you who followed my journey on Masterchef Australia will see my passion and desire for knowledge was only intensified through working with so many talented others. Now it’s my turn to share with you what I have learnt, and bring that special splash of magic and creativity into your kitchens.