MasterChef Australia 2019: What's Cooking With Our Previous Winners?
A delicious new season of MasterChef is upon us, so we decided to check in with our number one contestants.
In the past decade, these passionate home cooks powered through pressure tests, wowed us with their culinary creativity, and surprised us with their ability to turn a mystery box into a masterpiece.
They've come from all different backgrounds -- we've had a lawyer (Adam Liaw), a school teacher (Elena Duggan) and a prison officer (Sashi Cheliah). But the lives of these 10 former amateur cooks were changed forever the moment they were crowned MasterChef champions.
We decided to have a little snoop around to see what our past winners have been whipping up and chomping on lately -- and it's pretty obvious they all still have a fiery passion for sautéeing, shredding and sous-vide-ing.
Sashi Cheliah, Season 10 Winner
Sashi was crowned last season's winner after somehow managing to re-create Heston Blumenthal's absolutely insane 'Counting Sheep' dessert. Since MasterChef, Sashi opened a pop-up restaurant in Melbourne called Gaja by Sashi and has been making dishes at home like this fragrant lamb masala.
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Diana Chan, Season 9 Winner
Since winning Season 9 in a nail-biting finish against Ben Ungermann, Diana has been busy opening her Malaysian street food venture, Chanteen, and getting inspiration from eateries around the world -- like this delicious spread in Kuala Lumpur.
Elena Duggan, Season 8 Winner
Elena narrowly beat Matt Sinclair back in 2016 in a finale that included the impossible task of re-creating Heston Blumenthal's 91-step dessert, 'Verjus in Egg'. Since her big win, Elena has been working as a cook, educator and passionate advocate of making social change through food. You can also catch her on My Market Kitchen from weekdays at 3.30 on 10!
Billie McKay, Season 7 Winner
Billie McKay was given a very rare honour after scooping the Season 7 crown, with Heston Blumenthal offering her a gig at his Fat Duck restaurant in the UK. A fan favourite, Billie ended up taking a break from the kitchen but, in very exciting news, she'll be back on MasterChef this season as a mentor, along with Poh Ling Yeow and Matt Sinclair.
Brent Owens, Season 6 Winner
Brent took home the crown in 2014, after nailing Peter Gilmore's Chocolate Ethereal dessert, which was apparently "twice as hard" to master as the chef's notorious Snow Egg. Brent released his own cookbook called Dig In! and works on "the future of food preservation" with his cryogenic technology startup, Vitrafy.
Emma Dean, Season 5 Winner
The former town planner beat out Lynton Tapp and Samira El Khafir in the 2013 finale after recreating Ben Shewry's mind-bending Plight Of The Bees dessert. Since then, Emma has hosted My Market Kitchen, and regularly whips up treats like this mouth-watering plum cake made with green banana flour, hazelnuts and dark chocolate.
Andy Allen, Season 4 Winner
The year was 2012 when Andy Allen squared off against Julia Taylor and Audra Morrice in the Season 4 finale -- re-creating dessert queen Christine Manfield's 'Gaytime Goes Nuts' to win the $100, 000. Since then, Andy's travelled around the country with MasterChef mate Ben Milbourne for Andy And Ben Eat Australia and is currently at the helm at Three Blue Ducks in Rosebery.
And just look at this Game Of Thrones-inspired feast he whipped up at home recently!
Kate Bracks, Season 3 Winner
Kate Bracks became our Season 3 winner back in 2011 after recreating Noma head chef Rene Redzepi's carrot and passionfruit 'Snowman' dessert. Kate went onto release her very own cookbook, The Sweet Life, and regularly hosts community cooking workshops aimed at "reducing your risk of cancer" as well as cutting down on food waste.
Adam Liaw, Season 2 Winner
Is there anything Adam Liaw can't do? Ever since he won Masterchef close to a decade ago, he's released a handful of cookbooks, hosted the gorgeous Destination Flavour, and recently gave parents everywhere this genius hack. After joking that school kids are regularly asked to bring in "30 individually wrapped treats" for their classmates -- he provided this genius recipe that uses breadsticks, dark chocolate and sugar strands all for the low cost of $7.
Julie Goodwin, Season 1 Winner
Our original MasterChef Julie has been super busy over the last decade, releasing cookbooks including Essential Cookbook and Homemade Takeaway, and writing recipes for the Australian Women's Weekly.
Julie recently described her MasterChef win as "an incredible moment in my life and the gift that keeps on giving on Instagram.
"I can’t wait to see the new group of dreamers and food lovers on our screens," she wrote to our Season 11 hopefuls.
"Good luck to all, it’s truly the opportunity of a lifetime," she added.
MasterChef Australia airs Sunday to Thursday nights at 7.30. Only On 10 And WIN Network. Miss an episode? Catch up on 10 Play or 10 All Access!
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