We know where many of our MasterChef friends have ended up – but for a full list, of the first three seasons, Throng has you covered!
Julie Goodwin, Winner
From the NSW’s Central Coast, Julie won the first season of Masterchef. She has gone on to write 2 successful cookbooks “The Heart of the Home” and “Home Cooked” and is currently working on a third, she also writes a column in The Australian Womens Weekly and appears in many of their TV specials. Julie ia also the ambassador Glad and is a regular on Nines Today show.
Tom is the Queensland State Library’s executive manager of Indigenous research and projects. The role allows him to influence the library’s strategic Indigenous objective. “It’s ensuring that Indigenous is owned by everybody in the library; that it is not siloed,” he said. He is also in charge of developing the digital agenda of the kuril dhagun Indigenous Knowledge Centre, both for the library’s Indigenous visitors and for associated Indigenous knowledge centres throughout the state.
Andre has prooved a great success opening “Andre’s Cucina” in Adelaide. A traditional Italian style eatery serving quality Italian produce, exquisite coffee, wine and a signature polenta all designed for sharing. Andre is currently engaged to Hana Nicholson
When Lucas entered Masterchef he had already opened his cafe “T’s Book Cafe” in Randwick, Sydney. The ex pro golfer continues to run the cafe and has commentated on ONE’S “The Pro Shop” during the US Masters.
Julia hosted the cookingg show “Delish” on 7TWO and along with Chris Badenoch, opened up the restaurant “Josie Bones” in Collingwood, Melbourne.
Since leaving the MasterChef kitchen she has established her own catering business ‘Justine Schofield Catering’. At the start of 2011 Justine launched her own TV series ‘Everyday Gourmet’ which airs on Network Ten at 4:00pm on weekdays.
Chris along with fellow MasterChef contestant and girlfriend, Julia Jenkins, opened up the restaurant “Josie Bones” in Collingwood, Melbourne. It serves what you would expect from Chris – the animal from head to toe and a huge beer variety. Chris has also released his book “The Entire Beast”.
Poh Ling Yeow
Yeow appeared with Matt Preston in the World Chef Showcase in October 2009 and then 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. The series was aired from 10 February 2010. Yeow was nominated for a Logie Award in 2011 in the category of Most Popular New Female Talent. 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. Poh ia an ambassador for “Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea” and she still concentrates on her art work and can be seen at her website.
Melissa is a graphic design teacher at Martin College and has her own cooking blog called “Relish The Moment” that can be viewed at http://www.melissalutton.com.au/
Michelle continued with her other passion – photography, see her work at http://mdarlingtonphotos.com.au/index.html
Brent Parker Jones
Brent entered the show as a successful food photographer and continues to be – check out his website at http://www.foodphotographer.com.au/
Kate will finish her law degree in November after 7 years and is planning on joining a prominent law firm, specialising in environmental law. Kate would love to open a patisserie, like she said on the show and her passion for baking continues.
Thomas worked at Calombaris’s Melbourne restaurants The Press Club, Hellenic Republic and Maha. After leaving and securing another position, he fell out with the owners he left the food industry and now works in finance.
Trevor went back to Rockingham and opened “Capricci’s on the Foreshore” in October 2009,specialinsing in Italian food. Unfortunetely it was reported closed as of 2 February 2012The reviews I have read at http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/338/1505118/restaurant/Perth/Capriccis-On-The-Foreshore-Rockingham are probably why.
Eugenia “Geni” Papacostas
Where are you Geni? All I could find is Brisbane’s Geni Papacostas, one of the original MasterChef contestants, now leads island-hopping tours to her homeland of Greece as well as giving corporte cooking classes.
Callum says on his website – “Since becoming runner-up of the 2010 Masterchef, 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. I have recently launched my own cooking school in Adelaide, Sprout Cooking, where I get to pass on my passion for good food to others. Between Sprout classes I have kept myself busy with cooking demonstrations, talks, food and wine shows and working with the Cancer Council and Wesley’s Food for Families Appeal. My life has changed dramatically over the past year or two, and I love constantly being thrown new challenges! Looking forward, I have become the ambassador for Jamie’s Home Cooking Skills, a fantastic program starting in high schools around Australia. I have also had the pleasure of being
the spokesperson for the Adelaide Produce Market retail development program; Burst Of Freshness.Most recently, I have fulfilled a lifelong dream of writing my first cookbook: The Starter Kitchen, which I am proud to share with all of you.” Buy his book at http://callumhann.com.au/#
Now Courtney, like most, has her own blog and does cooking demonstrations, public appearances and catering. http://www.courtneyroulston.com.au/
Skye has created a website dedicated to luscious desserts called Wild Sugar, find it at http://wildsugar.com.au/
Alvin has a fantastic food blog with fantastic photos and recipes and is an ambassador for Ayam.
After MasterChef, Aaron married former Young Talent Time performer Natalie Miller. He has since started a great blog that includes his recipes and random thoughts. See it at http://foodthatrocks.tumblr.com/
Jonathan married his wife, Mandy, during the filming of Masterchef. He was a student Aerobatic pilot and has worked as a Licensed Public Fireworks Display Operator. He lives in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, and still manages to relax by cooking, as well as yoga and squash. Johnathan also has his own food blog at http://jonathandaddia.com/
Marion has maintained a high media presences since her eliminatiion. Marion’s Kitchen food range was released to stores in February 2011, it includes a satay kit with marinade and sauce and thai curries, to name a few. Grasby travelled to Thailand and India to explore ideas for her cookbook – “Marion: Recipes and Stories from a Hungry Cook”, was released in July 2011. She is now a columnist for MasterChef Magazine. Marion was most recently seen in Celebrity Apprentice on 9, yet was the second to be eliminated.
Matt has started his own website called Makes You scream for Ice Cream – on it he writes “Makes You Scream For Ice Cream entails a culmination of reviews, recipes and general hints and tips that I have learnt as a young cook and would like to share with others. Although my food style is based in french techniques, this style of food will not be the be-all-and-end-all of Makes You Scream For Ice Cream. Since being on Masterchef I have been working at Neil Perrys’ Spice Temple and have learnt a plethora of skills in Chinese cuisine which I would love to share, as well as my new found love for Thai flavours.If even one person reads Makes You Scream For Ice Cream and enjoys it or learns something new, I will be a happy man. Food has been close to my heart for a long time and I hope it is close to yours too.” Visit at http://www.makesyouscreamforicecream.com/
Since winning MasterChef Australia, Kate has been busy writing her ‘debut’ cook book, The Sweet Life- which focusses on dessert items. In an interview with fellow contestant Rachel McSweeney, it was revealed that Kate spent all the time she had on this book, which has been well received by critics and readers.
Kate is a national ambassador for HeartKids, participated in both MasterChef Live and the 2012 MasterChef launch, and is also working on a brand new website based around her new book and future ventures which will launch later this year.
While he hasn’t been active in creating recipe books, Michael has set up a website, The Kitchen Gardener, in which he shares his experiences through cooking. Here, he describes how since appearing on MasterChef, food has taken on a much bigger role in his life. http://thekitchengardener.com.au/
While she didn’t quite take out the title, Alana has been very busy on the food circuit. Shortly after leaving MasterChef, Alana signed with Matt Preston’s agency in her pursuit to become a food writer. She writes for Ninemsn as a food columnist, having a focus on travel.
Alana has also expressed interest at hosting a television show in the future, while also hinting at possible future cook books. Alana is also a national ambassador for both the Cancer Council of Australia and the MS Society of Australia. She too took part in MasterChef Live. http://www.alanalowes.com.au/
Since leaving MasterChef, Dani is still trying to find her feet with so many options currently under consideration. She has recently headed a tour to Vietnam, the birthplace for much of her cooking inspiration.
On her blog page, she offers her cooking services to functions and families alike. She also hints at possible television and media opportunities in the future while also sharing her ambition to open an Asian style restaurant down the track. By the looks of things, Dani is definitely a contestant to ‘stay tuned’ for. http://danivenn.com/
Since leaving MasterChef, Ellie hasn’t really considered a cooking future with much ambition, however she did set up her own website to share her love of the subject. She quashed rumours about possible romances with either Hayden or his friends, before going on to be an ambassador for Australia Day 2012.
She recently attended the launch of MasterChef 2012.
Hayden has been the golden boy for MasterChef 2011. Since leaving MasterChef, he has gone on to commentate televised sport, win CLEO Bachelor of the Year 2012 and write a cook-book among other things.
He began all this by setting up a website. Since then, he released his first recipe e-book, Hayden Cooks Summer, which received critical praise. His second e-book, Hayden Cooks with Friends has just recently been released. He is the first MasterChef 2011 contestant to release two cookbooks, and one of only a selection of contestants to have done so. Read throng’s interview with him here – http://www.throng.com.au/2012/02/exclusive-throng-speaks-to-masterchef-2011s-hayden-quinn/
He returned to television to commentate on TEN’s coverage of the IronMan championships and has hinted at future television deals. He is also currently working on his third cookbook, which will make up the set.
In 2012, he won CLEO’s Bachelor of the Year, beating other reality television hopefuls such as Johnny Ruffo and Nathan Jollife. Hayden has also been active with MasterChef 2012, appearing at both the auditions and the launch party. http://www.haydenquinn.com.au/
He was the man who got eliminated twice, but he’s gone on to do a lot of stuff in the culinary world. He has his own blog, A Table For Two, where he documents on dishes he’s experienced in and around Sydney.
Specialising in Asian cuisine, he is planning to offer Malaysian Cooking Classes in the Sunshine Coast later this year. He also participated in the Taste of Sydney food festival in March.
Since leaving MasterChef, Sun has set up her own cooking blog which she conducts a lot like Billy’s blog. It is filled with recipes and culinary experiences she has had. She also writes for Yelp.Later on in 2011, Sun married her fiancé and Billy Law attended the wedding. http://www.sunetheridge.com/
Since ‘finding himself’ on MasterChef, Peter has done what pretty much every other contestant has done- set up his own blog! Entitled City Boy No More, Peter’s blog is composed of his recipes and thoughts on cooking, as well as some other hints and tips for home cooks.
He has relocated from Surry Hills to the Hunter Valley to continue his love of food. His rural move probably explains the title of his blog! http://cityboynomore.com/
It’s such a shame that most of the press surrounding Mat Beyer is concentrated on him having to defend his actions that got him kicked off of the show in the first place. However he has been able to score a few work experience jobs in kitchens, which should help with future employment. Mat also runs his own food blog where he talks about his culinary experiences.http://matbeyer.com/
Good ol’ Kumar, who could forget him! Kumar charmed Australia with his relaxed attitude and his beaming smile. Since leaving, Kumar has been busy writing a new cookbook which will express a lot of his heritage and childhood experiences.
Kumar was the Ambassador for the NSW Senior’s Week 2012 and has been planning a food tour of Sri Lanka. He, along with fellow contestants Rachel McSweeney and Craig Young, also headed to the South Pacific Food & Wine Festival to teach kids how to cook with local produce.
Kumar was in attendance at the 2012 MasterChef launch party.
Throng caught up with Kumar earlier this year. Read it here – http://www.throng.com.au/2012/01/exclusive-throng-speaks-to-masterchef-australias-kumar-pereira/
Since leaving MasterChef, Rachel has been very busy working at functions and charity events. She is the WA ambassador for HeartKids, having appeared at some of their functions, and has also been involved in the 2012 MasterChef launch.
She currently cooks for functions at Frasers Restaurant, King Park, and accompanied Kumar and Craig Young to the SP Food & Wine Festival earlier this year.
Throng caught up with Rachel earlier this year.http://www.throng.com.au/2012/01/exclusive-throng-catches-up-with-masterchef-2011s-rachel-mcsweeney/
Special thanks go out to Kate Rodrigues of Season 2 fame for her time and Courtney for her tireless effort. If we have missed your favourite leave us a comment.