At home with This busy restaurateur has more than enough on her plate
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.
y many trip .
ho bed t Ig ta sk