Masterchef participants have won millions of hearts all over the world. But ever wondered what happened to them once the season wrapped up? Here is a list that tells you what they are upto these days.
Since becoming runner-up of the 2010 Masterchef, Hann spent my time working and learning in some of Australia's best kitchens, including The Press Club, Maha, Hellenic Republic, and PM24. He has also toured Australian universities teaching students how to cook and eat well. In 2011 he 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. He was also fortunate to win $20,000 for the Cancer Council by taking out the Masterchef Allstars title.
As a passionate cook and winner of Masterchef 2011, Kate has reveled in the opportunity to share her love of food with audiences both nationally and internationally. From Paddington to Perth and from Blackburn to Bangalore (India) Kate has traversed the countryside as a cooking demonstrator and public speaker. Her audiences love her relaxed and humorous approach to food and life and keep her Inbox full with requests! When she is back in her hometown of Orange, NSW she cooks with local hatted chefs, keeps her finger in the media pie, bakes for her Kate Bracks Baking brand
Goodwin was involved in a segment on The 7PM Project where families were able to enter a contest to have Goodwin cook at their house live on television. She also appears in a weekly cooking segment on the Today program. As the winner of MasterChef, Goodwin was given the opportunity to write her own cookbook. The book is called Our Family Table. Julie has since released 2 other cook books "Heart of the Home" and "Gather".In 2010 Goodwin released a CD of Christmas songs and recipes through Woolworths.
After Masterchef, Yeow appeared with Matt Preston in the World Chef Showcase in October 2009. Yeow signed with the ABC for a cooking series (Poh's Kitchen) and a two-book publishing deal with ABC Books. The production on the series began in November 2009 in her home town of Adelaide. In 2011 the ABC broadcast a second season of Poh's Kitchen, entitled Poh's Kitchen on the Road. Yeow travelled to all Australian states, as well as Singapore and Thailand, to film stories on produce and cooking.
Aside from his winner's book deal, Liaw is considering other business opportunities, including an izakaya restaurant with Tokyo-based Australian chef and friend Matthew Crabbe. As the winner of MasterChef Season 2, Liaw was given the opportunity to write his own cookbook. The book is called Two Asian Kitchens. Split into two main sections - the Old Kitchen and the New Kitchen - Liaw explores recipes that he has grown up with, along with new creations. On 14 March 2012 it was announced that Liaw had landed his own travel/food TV show, Destination Flavour, expected to air on the SBS network in late 2012.
Over the 6 month Masterchef rollercoaster, cooking took over his world and fast became his obsession. Little by little, and with the help of some amazing experiences on the show, Michael's thirst for food knowledge has grown and fuelled a desire to turn his culinary curiosity into a career.
From entering a competition to get a mate of his back, to cooking in the final of Masterchef, he's come a long way. There have been a lot of lessons, a lot of tears, even more laughter, plenty of sleepless nights and more than the occasional cut and burn. But through all of it, Michael has never been happier
He’s travelled to every capital city in Australia, cooked in front of 5000 fans in Federation Square for Mexican Independence Day and even been approached – repeatedly – by women’s magazine Cleo to take part in their annual Bachelor of the Year competition, which was won in 2012 by another former MasterChef contestant, Hayden Quinn.But Allen was far more excited about another title he has picked up since winning MasterChef – that of published author. His cookbook, The Next Element, hit the shelves with a huge buzz.
Best known for her work with desserts, after placing second in MasterChef Australia Season 4, Julia Taylor was granted a prestigious scholarship at the Superior Patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu, Sydney. Famous for her irresistible melting moments, Julia certainly baked her way through MasterChef with macarons, syrup cake and puff pastry, among other recipes. Along with working at Zumbo Patisserie, Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio, Albert Street Food & Wine and The Press Club, Julia is also chef liaison at Breville, focusing on recipe and appliance development.
Dean's prize was $100,000, work experience in some of the country's best kitchens, and an Alfa Romeo car. As part of the MasterChef prize, Dean received a book publishing deal with New Holland Publishers. On 18 September 2013, it was announced on her Facebook page that it is to be titled A Homegrown Table. The book was released on the 1st December 2013 Dean intends to open a restaurant in Melbourne with her partner Dan Ingram in early 2014.
Now that he was out in the field again, he starts a new chapter. He plans on going into the very kitchens that inspired him; to continue to learn, explore and discover. He wants to celebrate the produce that he grew up with - to encourage others to do the same.