Having grown up in Noosa, Queensland, Elena loves being on, near or in the water. With her family running a scuba diving business when she was young, there were plenty of good times and holidays spent on the water and, of course, an abundance of seafood, which she loves to both cook and eat. In 2016, Elena took home the title of Masterchef winner for 2016.
Many happy childhood memories for Elena revolve around food. From cooking with her beloved nan as early as two, she was preparing entire meals by the age of eight. Blessed with artistic talent, cooking and art go hand-in-hand for Elena and she uses both to express her creativity.
Elena relishes her role as head teacher of the creative and performing arts at Galston High School, where she has worked for eight years. She teaches visual arts, photography and digital media and enjoys inspiring and guiding her young students to be their creative best.
Having applied for MasterChef Australia season seven, it was a blessing in disguise that she did not make it through as she since met fiance Eric, a builder, with the pair now happily living together in Sydney. That decision led her to take the title of Masterchef winner for 2016.
Drawing in influence from chefs including Jock Zonfrillo, Kylie Kwong, Maggie Beer, Callum Hann, Jamie Oliver, Marco Pierre White as well as food photographer David Loftus, Elena would love to own a farm café, partnering with young people and the wider community.
Elena is proudly touring Sydney doing live cooking demos and promoting her healthy gluten free lifestyle on her website elenajoduggan.com, as well as being the host of My Market Kitchen.
Khanh’s passion for aromatic Asian flavours has transported Australian families into the bustling marketplaces of his native Vietnam. With his infectious smile, down-to-earth nature, cheeky sense of humour and captivating story he quickly became a household name and a MasterChef Australia season 10 fan favourite.
Khanh’s journey has strongly appealed to the MasterChef audience because it is both genuine and fun. He was born in an Indonesian refugee camp to Vietnamese parents and grew up in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Khanh’s story offers hope and inspiration to the millions of Australians who can relate to his journey and his success.
Khanh later became an accomplished DJ in both Australia and Asia, holding residencies in some of Melbourne’s most prestigious venues. Khanh has also played for international acts including Justin Bieber, Jason Derulo and Miley Cyrus. Having studied fashion design and worked as a stylist, khanh has an eclectic and fun personal style that ensures he stands out in the crowded social media market.
Having cooked for international culinary superstars Gordon Ramsay, Nigella Lawson and even Prince Charles on MasterChef Australia, Khanh is a natural in front of the camera and at ease speaking and cooking for an audience.
Family and heritage has always been a major part of his core values, with a thirst for knowledge and high curiosity about different cultures and cuisines, wonderlust has hit Khanh hard. An energetic, adrenaline junkie with a positive “let’s give it a go” mindset, a truckload of ambition and a warm inviting personality, Khanh is now back on our screens as cohost of My Market Kitchen.