MEET SOME OF THIS YEAR’S CONTESTANTS:
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
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.
(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.
(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