Resides: South Australia

Age: 27

Occupation: Urban planner

As a child born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, Kristen loved to help her grandmother with baking. When her family moved to Australia at age 13, her grandmother gave her a collection of handwritten recipes, which has formed the basis of her culinary education.

After high school, Kristen completed a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies and later a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning, graduating in 2014.

An avid MasterChef Australia fan, Kristen says her own cooking ability has grown each year with the show.

Kristen loves to eat Vietnamese and her favourite dish is steamed bao buns.

Describing herself as a 50-50 cook with skills in both sweet and savoury styles, Kristen says she is particularly strong with seafood and admits she can make a spectacular chocolate cake.

Kristen loves to read, garden, watch AFL, head to the beach with friends and fish on her husband’s boat.

Kristen’s dream is to one day own and operate her own small restaurant and wine bar on the Fleurieu Peninsula, which will feature a weekly changing menu depending on available produce.