Cooking show lovers will recognise Victorian Endeavour student Kylie McAllester, 27, from the smash hit reality series MasterChef Professionals.
Millions of Australians watched Kylie go head to head with 17 chefs at the top of their game as they were guided by acclaimed chef Marco Pierre White.
Wellspring caught up with the busy contestant to get the scoop on what it was really like in the MasterChef kitchen, and what is on her plate for the rest of the year.
Where are you tweeting from today?
On the run between Urban Catering Group (my new collaboration) and a personal training session. Trying to lose a sneaky couple of kilos.
Working with Marco Pierre White was…
Fascinating – a breath of old world cookery charm and a modern discovery of new dishes under immense pressure. I learnt a lot.
Which dish were you most proud of during your time with MasterChef?
My trial dish to get on the show! Yabbies and bacon, a modern take on an old classic – quail egg, oyster and green walnut emulsion with foraged crumbed herbs for croutons. I am in love with this dish.
How have your experiences on MasterChef influenced your cooking style?
Delving deep to find what food means to me and what I love to cook. MasterChef encouraged me to produce dishes that reflected my life and personality.
Most challenging experience on MasterChef?
For me it was going into lockdown in my own lovely city – missing my great coffee haunts, fiancée, friends, family and dalmatian Jackson.
Studying nutritional medicine with Endeavour taught me…
ENJOY everything you eat! Eat consciously, be mindful of the environment through food choices and more importantly understand what you are eating. Take care of yourself. Eat, drink (herbal tea) and be merry! My fav at the moment is rosehip.
How do you hope to capitalise on your experiences with MasterChef?
Lots of things are happening! #Urban catering group is up and running (a collaboration of myself a few other chef friends and artists). I have taken a sous-chef position in Melbourne and an overseas food adventure is on the cards.
What do you hope to achieve with your cooking in the near future?
I’m entering the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Award Program. My four course menu will be ‘food as medicine’ inspired. My ultimate dream is to open an integrated venue where garden, food, art and nutrition come together. To grow and then throw an individual garden party for every foodie’s soul.
Kylie McAllester is a qualified chef and co-owner of Urban Catering Group, one of Melbourne’s leading catering services. Kylie is currently studying nutritional medicine with Endeavour College of Natural Health, which brings a holistic element to her dishes.
Kylie initially undertook her apprenticeship in Lorne where she met chef George Biron, who introduced her to obscure sorbets, foraging and a local approach to food.
Kylie undertook the second year of her apprenticeship at One Fitzroy Street before moving to the Sunshine Coast where she worked for Jamie Oliver’s food stylist Hailey Robinson.
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