De­li­cious via Mau­ri­tius

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food - Belinda Cipri­ano

FOR for­mer so­cial worker Bren­dan Pang, au­di­tion­ing for a tele­vi­sion show like Masterchef was never on the cards.

The Ap­ple­cross res­i­dent is one of three West Aus­tralians to take part in the hit TV se­ries and while one of the younger con­tes­tants, Pang has proven he’s got what it takes to go all the way woo­ing the judges with his Mau­ri­tian-in­spired cook­ing.

The 24-year-old said he grew up im­mersed in a foodie cul­ture with his mum Dany (a baker), dad and his grand­par­ents all teach­ing him about his Mau­ri­tian her­itage and their French, Chi­nese and In­dian in­flu­ences.

“A big part of my love of food def­i­nitely comes from my Mau­ri­tian her­itage,” he said.

“I’ve al­ways loved ev­ery­thing about food from a young age. In the lead-up to Masterchef there was a lot of time in the kitchen with Mum, me do­ing the savour­ing and Mum bak­ing – we bounce off each other.”

Con­vinced by a friend to au­di­tion, Pang said the whole ex­pe­ri­ence from the get-go had been spe­cial and in­spir­ing.

“It was quite a long and ex­cit­ing process – but I got the call... and then I made the top 24,” he said.

“Meet­ing the judges for the first time was a pretty spe­cial mo­ment for me but it’s been a good start and I’ve cooked dishes that I’ve been quite proud of.

“I’ve learned a lot from them al­ready and the other con­tes­tants.”

With Nigella Law­son hit­ting TV screens this week, Pang said “the Do­mes­tic God­dess” was ev­ery­thing he hoped she would be, en­cour­ag­ing and gen­uine.

“That was such a spe­cial mo­ment and we were so happy to see her walk in.”

Tune in Wed­nes­day night to see which Masterchef con­tes­tant’s jour­ney al­most comes to an end dur­ing Nigella week.

Masterchef con­tes­tant Bren­dan Pang.

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