MEET SOME OF THIS YEAR’S CON­TES­TANTS:

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1 NEHA SEN

(Queens­land) The 31-yearold IT con­sul­tant grew up in In­dia be­fore mov­ing to Aus­tralia for univer­sity when she was 23. It was as a stu­dent she learnt to cook, thanks to her Sin­ga­porean In­dian land­lady and on­line tu­to­ri­als with her mother. Since then she has be­come

ob­sessed with food.

2 AN­DREW PRIOR

(Vic­to­ria) Af­ter mov­ing out of home at 18, he learnt to cook by read­ing books and watch­ing cook­ing shows. This started an en­thu­si­asm for food and he now loves throw­ing din­ner par­ties for friends. Fol­low­ing a re­cent trip to France, he quit his job as an in­sur­ance un­der­writer to en­ter

MasterChef.

3 CLARISSA DO­DAWEC

(Vic­to­ria) The 44-year-old of Ukrainian de­cent is a Jill of all trades. She has a

de­gree in so­ci­ol­ogy, an­thro­pol­ogy and pub­lic re­la­tions, holds a cer­tifi­cate of mu­sic from WAAPA and worked as an opera singer un­til a jaw con­di­tion forced her to change ca­reers. She re­cently be­gan study­ing to

be a teacher.

DANIEL CHURCHILL

(NSW)The 23-year-old per­sonal trainer works with the Manly Sea Ea­gles in the

NRL and sev­eral other pro­fes­sional rugby league

play­ers as a strength, conditioning and nu­tri­tion con­sul­tant. As a re­sult he

found him­self al­ways writ­ing nu­tri­tious recipes for mates. This led him to

pub­lish a cook­book.

LIL­IANA BAT­TLE

(Western Aus­tralia) Of proud Ital­ian her­itage, the 42-year-old mother-oftwo be­lieves cook­ing is in her blood. She is known to

make the best birth­day cake around and dreams of

own­ing a fam­ily-run sea­side cafe in her home town of Port Hed­land. She was a cham­pion ball­room dancer and a body­builder.

COOK-OFF: There will be a boys ver­sus girls theme to the fifth se­ries of

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