Nov 10, 2020

11-yr old with SL roots wins Junior Masterchef Australia 2020 Featured

Sri Lankans worldwide are in full celebration mode as a young 11-year old with Sri Lankan roots bagged the Junior Masterchef Australia 2020 trophy.

Georgia, 11 has Sri Lankan roots from her mother's side and bagged the title and $25,000 prize money during last night’s grand final.

Georgia, along with the other talented young finalists Filo and Carter were required to create a main meal and dessert across two rounds for the judges - Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo as well as for their mothers who appeared as surprise guests.

Georgia was in a full curry flurry as she cooked a pork curry, cashew curry, eggplant curry, plus yellow rice, pappadums and cucumber raita for her main.

Her dessert, which she named ‘Tropical Mess’ had five elements:  toasted coconut ice cream, brown bread crumb, Davidson plum pearls, Davidson plum meringues and a lemongrass granita.

This is not the first time she featured Sri Lankan cooking in her dishes. Earlier in the contest, she had drawn immense praise for her 'Pol Roti' and 'Ala Thel Daala' (coconut flatbread and spicy tempered onions.

Georgia has previously credited her grandmother for teaching her to cook.

“I’m very close to my Nanna and my Papa,” Georgia said on the Channel 10 reality show, explaining she’s also learnt to make dishes that reflect her cultural heritage.

“They’re both Sri Lankan. My Nanna taught me how to make lots of different Sri Lankan food.”

After winning, Georgia said she’s not too sure what she’ll do with the $25,000 prize money, but she will definitely use it for something fun and food-related.

“I’ll have access to it when I’m 18 so I have seven years to think about it,” she said. “I’m thinking travel and starting a food stall.”