Resides: New South Wales

Age: 31

Occupation: Restaurant manager

Growing up in the Italian province of Bacoli, Aldo says sharing food was the key to his childhood.

He did not grow up with fancy food, it was all about fresh ingredients and comfort dining.

It is that skill set, mentored by his beloved nonna, which puts him in line for the MasterChef Australia title.

Aldo was raised with an older and younger sister and admits he had a wonderful childhood, spoiled by his extended family.

He was a competitive swimmer, representing his village at swimming meets across Italy.

After leaving school in 2009, Aldo moved to Rome to study statistics and four years later, he headed down under to Sydney, seeking new adventures.

He started working for an event and catering business as a food attendant on the floor, before taking on a restaurant manager role with a local Italian restaurant, Giro Osteria.

In early 2014, Aldo met Mark and the pair became engaged two years ago. He says he is looking forward to planning their wedding and hopes his fellow MasterChef Australia contestants will help cater the big event.

Aldo hopes to open his own café and restaurant, focusing on classic southern Italian food with a relaxed feel during the day, transforming into a fine dining experience at night.