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"I’m about three years old in this photo. It was taken in Keilor East, Melbourne, where I grew up. My mum Lorraine is one of my best mates; she’s truly young at heart."
"Sports were a big part of my childhood, and my brother Luke (at right) and I were competitive in everything we did with each other. Being competitive is a huge part of my character. I love a challenge."
"My mom’s mom, who we called 'Granny,' was a great cook. She taught me to make my first-ever recipe: Yorkshire Fudge."
"After culinary school my best mate and I went traveling across Europe. When we got to London, I walked into the kitchen at Marco Pierre White’s Café Royale and offered to work for free just for the chance to learn from him."
"When I was a Sous Chef at Mirabelle, I practically lived at Borough Market. It’s a chef’s dream. You can find the best ingredients, from fruits and vegetables to game meats and cheese."
"This photo was taken in Quo Vadis for London on a Plate, a 2001 cookbook of London chefs that I was asked to contribute to. I was 25 years old and running the restaurant. It was a pivotal time for me as exposure from the book led to an agent and work on screen rather than in restaurants."
"Surfing the Menu was the best job in the world. My mate and fellow Chef Ben O’Donoghue and I traveled around Australia, exploring amazing places, meeting fantastic people, cooking, and surfing."
"Take Home Chef was my first show in the US. It was pretty cheeky. I remember telling my dad that I was making this show where I would pick a girl up in supermarket and go to her home to help her make dinner for her guy. He said, 'Are you nuts? They have guns in the US!' "