Tweed Masterchef gets the chop
LARISSA Balasinovitch is looking forward to becoming an apprentice chef after getting the chop from a reality television cooking show.
The Tweed Heads woman, who only took up cooking when she married her husband Dane four years ago, wowed the judges of Channel Ten's MasterChef Australia with her passion and culinary skill but was knocked out of the televised competition on Sunday night after being selected as one of the top 50 from more than 7500 entrants last week.
Now the 22-year-old, who dreams of setting up a restaurant on the Tweed to celebrate her Leb- anese heritage, says the week-long experience was one of the best of her life and has reaffirmed her passion to cook for a living.
“To have one of the best food critics in the world, Matt Preston, say that my white peach, mango and passionfruit crumble was one of the best dishes that the judges saw on the whole audition tour was amazing,” she said. “It was a massive compliment and gave me confidence that I can actually cook.
“Just the fact that some of the top chefs and critics in the world tasted the food that I prepared was a highlight, and the skills I have taken away from the show will help me in my new career.”
Originally, the book keeper who works for her family business Lion Concrete Constructions told the television judges who include celebrity chefs George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan that she wanted to own three restaurants, but now Mrs Balasinovitch wants to focus on mastering her craft.
“Saying I wanted three restaurants was a little ambitious.
“The judges said that the competition was just the beginning for me, so I am now looking to start a traineeship or an apprenticeship in a local kitchen and work my way up from there. I joined Master Chef because I want to learn from the best and am looking for someone who can mentor me to become an asset for their restaurant.”