Resides: Victoria

Age: 19

Occupation: Waitress

Although she may be MasterChef Australia’s youngest recruit this season, Jess’ burgeoning talent should not be underestimated.

A lover of all things sweet, this dessert queen loves making high tea-style slices, macaroons, caramel slices and mousse cakes with glazes.

Born in Perth, Jess was only one when her parents moved the family to Melbourne. It is where she has been based ever since, except for a two-year stint in Indonesia during primary school. 

In Melbourne, Jess’ parents owned a fusion café and restaurant, specialising in Thai, Malay and Indonesian cuisine.

She loved food technology in high school, admitting it was probably the only subject she really enjoyed. Graduating from Highville Secondary College in Glen Waverly in 2015, she now works as a waitress at Nobu in Melbourne’s Crown Casino.

Jess lists Cedric Grolet, Anna Polyviou and former MasterChef Australia contestant Reynold Poernomo as her sweet culinary inspirations.

Jess has learnt many of her skills from YouTube and online blogs, but admits her dad and grandmother also played their part.

When she is not cooking up a sweet treat in the kitchen, Jess enjoys arts and crafts, and working with polymer clay.

She hopes to one day open her own dessert café, aimed at impressing the masses.