Sarah Todd

At home with This busy restau­ra­teur has more than enough on her plate

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She is a for­mer model-turned-MasterChef favourite who is now mak­ing an im­pact on the culi­nary scene in Goa. No one could ac­cuse Sarah Todd of rest­ing on her lau­rels, as the cam­era trails her as she trav­els to India to set up a 400-seat beach club and restaurant for the SBS se­ries My Restaurant In India.

Sarah, who is pas­sion­ate about In­dian cui­sine, but has no restaurant ex­pe­ri­ence, is rel­a­tively re­laxed about the mam­moth task of run­ning a busi­ness on the other side of the world.

“We sur­vived,” she laughs. “It was touch and go, but we made it, and I spend four to six months of the year trav­el­ling to Goa and back.”

The restaurant shuts down dur­ing the mon­soon sea­son, with Sarah run­ning it from Novem­ber through to Fe­bru­ary.

Raised in Walk­er­ston, Queensland, Sarah trav­elled the world as a model be­fore set­tling in Syd­ney. That was un­til MasterChef lured her to Mel­bourne in 2014 and she’s been there ever since. And as if the sin­gle mother doesn’t have enough on her plate, Sarah re­cently moved into a new home in Prahran, with her son, Phoenix, 5.

“Life has been full of change for us and I love noth­ing more than be­ing at home with him shar­ing a home cooked meal,” she says. “I was based in Bondi for 10 years, so Prahran is dif­fer­ent al­to­gether.”

Sarah has filled her new art deco home with sleek, k, mod­ern fur­ni­ture, adding colour in ac­ces­sories such as cush­ions, rugs and can­dle­stick hold­ers.

“I be­came com­pletely ob­sessed with home­wares when I moved into this house,” she says. “In­stead of shop­ping for nor­mal stuff, I would spend hours look­ing at things like rugs, cook­ware and ce­ram­ics.”


I col­lect ce­ram­ics from all over the world, and th­ese are from Den­mark. We use them ev­ery day. I don’t see the point of hid­ing them in the cup­board.

Le Creuset pot

I love this pot. I just throw ev­ery­thing in and let it cook for hours. The last meal I made in it was slow-cooked osso buco.

Jaguar XE Gucci per­fume

I buy new per­fumes all the time in duty free, and al­ways some­thing dif­fer­ent. They re­mind me of a par­tic­u­lar hol­i­day. Some­body will walk past, and I’ll think, ‘That’s from my Ger­many trip’.

I have older broth­ers and I’ve al­ways en­joyed nice cars. If I wasn’t a chef I would be a race car driver. My dream is to be on Top Gear.


Th­ese are Dior, and they are my new favourites. I bought them on my way back from India. I’m lov­ing them at the mo­ment.


When I moved into this house, I didn’t even have a bed, but I bought this first. It’s the most-used item in the house. I love herbal tea, but now that I have moved to Mel­bourne I do drink cof­fee.

Ae­sopA shower gel

As I get older, I need to take bet­ter care of my skin. This prod­uct makes my skin feel nour­ished

Sarah Todd, for­mer MasterChef con­tes­tant, now the star of SBS se­ries, My Restaurant In India

Prahran, Mel­bourne in an art deco-style home with her son Phoenix, 5

This is my new din­ing ta­ble. I like to en­ter­tain and to have a space to feel com­fort­able in. It’s one thing for food to taste de­li­cious, but it’s im­por­tant that ev­ery­thing looks beau­ti­ful too

I take in­spi­ra­tion from the food and cul­ture that I have the plea­sure of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing and add el­e­ments of that in my own home. I like to buy some­thing from ev­ery place that I visit, but my home is very neat and clean

my calm, happy place. I have such a hec­tic life­style that when I am home, sit­ting on the couch and watch­ing a movie with my son, that’s my ideal mo­ment.

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