Resides: Victoria

Age: 37

Occupation: Stay-at-home mum

Born in Mexico, Denise grew up surrounded by rich culinary traditions and great family cooks.

With the fresh and varied ingredients of Mexico, it is there where her love of great food and cooking began.

Denise moved to Old Trafford, Manchester in the UK at the age of five with her family.

Living in the UK allowed them to immerse into British culture, which meant enjoying and learning from a multitude of other cuisines, including British, Indian, Pakistani, Turkish, Chinese and Korean.

After living in the UK, Denise returned briefly to Mexico before spending several years in Australia and Kuwait.

After graduating from university in Australia with a Geology degree, Denise worked in the oil and gas industry for 10 years as a global product manager, living in Perth, Norway and the US.

She has lived in Melbourne since 2014 and admits that travel has had a huge influence on her enjoyment of eating and cooking.

Travelling allowed her to expand her palate and she hopes her efforts to make authentic dishes using authentic ingredients will be her biggest advantage in the MasterChef Australia kitchen.

Denise hopes to one day launch her own brand of Mexican food products, named after the beautiful, cobbled suburb her family hails from in Mexico City.

Fluent in English and Spanish, Denise also loves to visit museums and galleries with her daughter and has an interest in Scandinavian design.