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MasterChef Australia

Weds - Fri at 7.30pm TVNZ 1

Matthew Q&A

Fast facts

1. Favourite chef: Peter Gilmore. 
2. Favourite restaurant: Quay Restaurant, Sydney.
3. Favourite cuisine: Modern Australian with French influence.
4. Favourite place to travel: Spain.
5. Favourite dish to cook: Quail Ravioli with Cauliflower Puree.
6. Favourite vegetable: Fennel.
7. Sweet or savoury: Savoury.
8. How do you like your eggs: Fried.


Favourite ingredient and why?

Vanilla bean. I love this ingredient because it is the key ingredient in my mum's Vanilla Bean ice cream. It is one of my favourite foods and reminds me of my childhood, sitting around eating ice cream with my face covered in it. 

What's your favourite meal of the day - breakfast, lunch or dinner?
Dinner. My family sit down to a home cooked meal everyday and it gives us a chance to talk about what happened during the day and the week. 

What dish would be the way to your heart? Molten chocolate pudding.
I cook it for the special woman in my life, so if it was cooked for me it would be easy access to my heart. 

What are your favourite tunes to cook to?
Bloc Party, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Death Cab for Cutie.  

What do you think you'll learn from being on MasterChef?
I will learn to cope under immense pressure and will learn new techniques of cooking from the judges. My knowledge of food and cooking is going to grow substantially!

Which judge makes you the most nervous?
Matt Preston makes me the most nervous as he has the ability to make or break restaurants and as such can make or break our cooking. 

Tell us about how you got into cooking and how old were you?
I got into cooking by watching my mum in the kitchen. My mum is a great cook and she inspired my love of cooking. I was around ten when I started cooking and helping in the kitchen. 

What's the first meal you remember cooking and was it a success or a disaster?
Roast leg of lamb. It was a success because I had my mum close by my side to guide me.        

What three ingredients would you take with you to a desert island and what would you cook with them?
Eggs, butter and sugar. I would scale a coconut tree and grab a ripe coconut. I would use this to make a coconut soufflé from the juice inside. 

If you were having any three people, alive or dead, over for dinner, who would they be and what would you cook for them? 
My grandparents from my dad's side and my grandmother from my mum's side. I was never lucky enough to meet them so it would be amazing to interact with them and show them my passion. I would cook a simple dish of roast leg of lamb with roasted vegetables and my mum's beautiful vanilla bean ice-cream.

What inspired you to go on MasterChef?
I was inspired to go on MasterChef because I felt I wasn't in a job that I loved. I wanted to be able to wake up each day and love going to work. Food has been one of the most important things in my life so I know MasterChef will open doors for me, so I can do what I love for the rest of my life.