Home in the wok

Masterchef Aus­tralia Sea­son 9 win­ner Diana Chan shows her roots in her cook­ing, writes Bibi Nur­shuhada Ramli

New Straits Times - - Groove -

Masterchef Aus­tralia Sea­son 9 champ Diana Chan fre­quently fuses Malaysian flavours into her dishes.

crossed my mind. The hard part was just try­ing to han­dle the pres­sure. Once I got past that, ev­ery­thing was fine.

HOW DO YOU WORK UN­DER PRES­SURE?

By stay­ing calm. Know­ing that it was go­ing to be a 13-hour day of film­ing, I made sure to get enough rest. I had so much love and sup­port back home. It didn’t mat­ter how I went about the show as long as I had fun. I just cher­ished the mo­ments.

WHAT’S YOUR BIG­GEST TAKE­AWAY? The friend­ships that I made. Very rarely you get 24 foodies liv­ing in a house for seven months. You don’t re­ally know one an­other but you get along be­cause there’s one thing

that ev­ery­one loves: Food.

Plus, get­ting to know the judges, meet­ing some of the world’s most renowned chefs and work­ing in some of the best kitchens are things money can’t buy.

WHAT’S YOUR AD­VICE TO BE­GIN­NER COOKS?

Go back to ba­sics. Learn the sim­plest things, and build on them, cre­ate new dishes and en­joy the process. It’s not just about feed­ing but also un­der­stand­ing what you’re putting into your body.

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