A dash of surf and sand, a pinch of world travel and a hearty serve of home-style cooking. These are the essential ingredients to the life of Hayden Quinn.
On any given day you might find him hitting the waves, in the kitchen, aboard a plane, in front of the camera or behind the lens.
Now he's jumping into the role of judge on Family Food Fight, and he's excited to celebrate the best of honest home cooking.
Growing up in Sydney, when Hayden wasn’t out in the water he was lending a hand or running the show in the Quinn family kitchen.
To this day he says his mum is a huge influence on his love of food, along with Jamie Oliver, Curtis Stone and everyday people who put passion into cooking.
Bringing things back to basics is Hayden’s cooking style, and he is the author of several successful cookbooks. Beach-inspired, accessible cookery is a resounding theme.
He's also produced a number of web series, with bite-sized videos merging his favourite places, people and food.
Hayden has been a regular face onscreen, since he first entered living rooms on series three of MasterChef Australia (2011). Then again for MasterChef All-Stars (2013),
More recently, he starred in Surfing the Menu, with fellow MasterChef alumnus Daniel Churchill. The two Sydney lads follow in the footsteps of Curtis Stone, and travel the country in search of good surf, great people and amazing food.
Hayden's a university-qualified marine biologist, and was a professional lifeguard for nine years before turning his hand to cooking.
He's also a former Cleo Bachelor of the Year, avid world traveller, and Tourism Australia Ambassador.
Always chasing exciting new endeavours, he is a partner in the Australian wine label Kooks, where a percentage of profits go towards projects that support people in their labour of love.
He also co-owns a gym on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, and is involved in the Starlight Children's Foundation.