The reality cooking show’s new season may be over but here’s where you can find your favourite contestants


MasterChef Australia 2020 ended in July, and we had to say a reluctant goodbye to the wholesome and entertaining reality cooking show. Over four months, which coincided with the start of the lockdown because of COVID-19, we followed 24 contestants – chefs and restaurateurs and TV stars – take a second shot at glory. There was drama, celebrity chefs, one arrest, new cooking techniques, outwardly desserts, and more.

The good news is, it is possible to find these chefs off-screen too, provided you can travel to Australia or wait for them to make an appearance in India. And, you can also attempt to cook their dishes at home, courtesy helpful tutorials and recipes.

Here’s a list on where to find your favourite MasterChef contestants and the judges, away from your TV set.

Emelia Jackson

After coming in third in Season 6, the ‘cakemaker’ proved bookies right and won the trophy this year. The Melbourne-based pastry chef runs Emelia Jackson Cake Designs where she takes orders for bespoke cakes – usually elaborate and tall creations.

She conducts classes – now on hold – sharing tips and techniques on how to assemble a cookie cake, create buttercream edges and pipe choux pastry like a pro. And if you want a taste of the pistachio financier that was in her finale dessert, you can order her pre-mixed financiers (chocolate hazelnut, pistachio, and burnt butter) packets.

Reynold Poernomo

The golden boy, fan favourite and creator of that awesome snitch, Reynold Poernomo deserves all the praise. He consistently impressed judges and viewers with his stunning, elaborate desserts; many of these can be found at the family-run KOI.  The brand runs a cake shop, a Dessert Bar and café in Chippendale, and Dessert Bar and classroom in Ryde. They organise classes featuring MasterChef alumni and other chefs.

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Khanh Ong

The former DJ won over our hearts with his unique fashion sense, his infectious personality, ‘You are loved’ tees, and his mastery of Vietnamese cuisine. He recently launched a cookbook, A Gay Guy’s Guide to Life, Love, Food in which he talks about growing up gay, running his family’s butcher business, and dating. He is part-owner of The George on Collins in Melbourne.

Till his book becomes available in India, you can check out some of the recipes on Instagram and his YouTube channel launched earlier this year. His videos are a delight, packed with stray observations, cooking tips and recipes from simple dishes like Nutella and banana buttermilk pancakes, vegan friendly sriracha and coconut cauliflower, and Asian food like pho ga (chicken noodle soup).

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Thit kho trung (vietnamese fish sauce caramel braised pork and eggs) is an all time fav of mine. A dish my mother use to make in a huge stock pot because the flavour intensifies over a few meals as the eggs begin to break into the liquid and the floury yolk mixes into the dish. Usually served by the ladle full on some steam white rice. Perfect for the colder days and super simple to make. Recipe can be found below.⁣ ⁣ 1 1/2tbsp sugar⁣ 2tbsp neutral oil such grapeseed or veg⁣ 600g pork belly cut into large cubes⁣ 3tbsp fish sauce⁣ a dozen hard boiled eggs peeled ⁣ Ps I added quail eggs too the water from 1 coconut (200-300 ml)⁣ 3 cloves of garlic lightly crushed with the back of a knife⁣ 3 birdseye chilis split in half⁣ enough water to cover the pork belly and eggs⁣ ⁣ Place sugar and oil into a large pot on medium heat and leave to cook until the sugar caramelises to dark amber colour about 2 minutes.⁣ ⁣ Add in the pork belly, fish sauce and stir well coating all sides in that caramel for 3-4 minutes.⁣ ⁣ add the rest of the ingredients and bring to the boil. Once boiling turn down to a gentle simmer half covered with the lid of a pot for 60 – 90 minutes depending if you want your pork belly to still have bite or completely melt away.⁣ ⁣ serve with white rice and chives or spring onions. 📷 @k_rocchi

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Reece Hignell

The former New South Wales recruitment consultant, and food nerd finished in sixth place in 2018, and fourth this season. He impressed people with his genial nature, his sitcom-worthy bromance with Brendan Pang, and his many, many tarts.

Hignell runs a cake business, Cakeboi, launched in 2019. These days, he posts classic baking recipes, many of them plant-based – including his frosted cinnamon scrolls, vegan banana loaf cake and chocolate tarts. He has done a few baking classes at Koi Dessert Bar.

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Brendan Pang

The Dumpling Guy, Brendan Pang is the owner of airstream kitchen Bumplings in Perth, which sells Chinese and Mauritian-style food; they also do catering, pop-ups and classes. He recently launched his cookbook This Is A Book About Dumplings.

There are recipes and video tutorials for dishes like spicy scallop congee, homemade cheung fun (steamed rice noodles) and Chinese milks buns on his Instagram account.

Callum Hann

Everyone’s favourite gentleman, and new dad, Callum Hann, is a busy man. He is the director of the cooking school Sprout, which does adult and children’s cooking classes; catering and has a health studio; and of Dietary Hawk, an online training platform focusing on training courses for managing dietary requirements. Sprout is now conducting online classes. He is also a presenter for the travel show, SA Weekender. He shares a few recipes out on Instagram.

Jess Liementara

The 22-year-old ball of sunshine rounds out the BFF trio with Brendan and Reece. The dessert/ pastry chef has also teamed up with Koi Dessert Bar for masterclasses.

She recently launched her YouTube channel sharing tutorials of simple things like caramel popcorn and more complicated stuff like raspberry tarts. Her online cake shop takes orders for cakes, macarons and assorted tarts. To recreate some of her recipes, there’s the cookbook, A Zest of Jess, which she released after her fourth-place finish in Season 10.

Laura Sharrad

The runner up, this year and in Season 6, chef and pasta addict Laura Sharrad has authored one book, My Italian Kitchen. She and her husband run Nido Bar|Pasta in Adelaide, and is soon to launch another place, Fugazzi Bar & Dining Room.

Hayden Quinn

Everyone’s favourite cap-sporting contestant, Hayden Quinn may have been eliminated early from this season, but it hasn’t impacted his professional life. The star of Taste of Australia with Hayden Quinn has just launched the second season. He puts up recipes for sweet and savoury dishes on his website. He has a book, Dish it Up, makes regular appearances on television and is one of the owners at Kooks Wines.

Sarah Tiong

Quit the most enthusiastic person in the MasterChef kitchen, Sarah Tiong impressed with her cracking pork dishes and by packing bold flavours into all of them. This year, she released the cookbook Sweet, Savory, Spicy.

Since her elimination in this season, she’s been consistently sharing recipes – on YouTube and IGTV – for curry puffs (including the proper folding techniques), crispy pork belly with Thai red curry paste, prawns toast and more.

Simon Toohey

Everyone’s favourite vegetable champion, Simon Toohey is a plant-based food enthusiast. He’s the co-founder of the Sustainable Earth Network, which focusses on sharing good news and good food recipes – they recently released a video of Simon and Emilia hunting for mushies (mushrooms).

In good news for Indians, he recently partnered with Indian hospitality brand 1589 Hotels for a to-be-announced project. It means, at some point in the future, we can expect him here.

Poh Ling Yeow

Aunty Poh walked into the new season backed by a decade of experience, three cookbooks (one more on the way), and two cooking shows.

She shares a few odd recipes on Instagram. If in Adelaide, you can try her pandan jelly cakes, frangipani tarts, beef stroganoff, baked cherry ripes and more at Adelaide Farmer’s Market

Amina Elshafei

Though a paediatric nurse, we loved Amina’s sunny disposition and wholesome cooking on the show. She and chef/ author Audrey Morrice do regular Instagram cook-alongs every few week making dishes like Kueh Dadar (pandan coconut crepes), falafels, nonya chicken curry and kimchi.

Harry Foster

Harry Foster is not just a chef but also a freediver and sustainable fisherman. His Instagram account is filled with beautiful pictures of the sea, his catch of the day, and fish dishes. He has a YouTube channel called Off The Beaten Coast, where he explores the country’s seaside with his friends, goes on deep-sea adventures and shares his cooks.

Courtney Roulston

Courtney Roulston is the head chef for Sydney Swans AFL team, an ambassador for Coles and has her own catering business. She is also one of the hosts of the TV show Farm to Fork. After her appearance in Season 2, she released two books about reinventing the salad – The Salad Kitchen, and Salads in a Jar.

Her Instagram account has video tutorials for delicious-looking food like Greek chicken village pie, leek and bacon frittata, vegan cauliflower steaks, and slow-cooked pork and lemongrass curry.

Rose Adam

She is the owner of cook and co-owner of The Middle Store, a coffee shop in Melrose Park selling Lebanese-inspired food. Her Instagram feed is filled with recipes for baklava fingers, a focaccia pizza, harissa chicken, knefe and more.

Judges:

Melissa Leong

The stand-out judge for the season, Melissa Leong impressed viewers with her sartorial style, her constructive critiquing and for being such a personable character. The food journalist has co-authored six cookbooks, and appeared on radio and TV as a presenter. On her website, Melissa shares recipes for easy, budget-friendly, healthy recipes.

Jock Zonfrillo

The celebrity chef, TV host and philanthropist is known for championing indigenous ingredients owner at his now shut Restaurant Orana. He is also the founder of The Orana Foundation, a charity established to preserve the rich food culture of the First Australians. For the moment, he is on a baking spree, and is sharing some recipes on Instagram.

Andy Allen

Andy Allen, he of the ‘banging’, ripper, and wearer of ankle-length pants fame, is a former MasterChef Australia winner. The Next Element was his debut cookbook. He is now co-owner and chef at Three Blue Ducks, which has five outlets, and does modern Australian food. He shares recipes for comfort food like soups and roasted pumpkin on Instagram.

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