Resides: New South Wales

Age: 47

Occupation: Writer

A competitive horse rider as a teenager living in Melbourne, Michelle began modelling to fund the sport and was quickly signed at the age of 18 to an agency in Melbourne.

Michelle travelled and worked in Milan, Paris, Vienna, Madrid and South Africa, before deciding to settle down in Sydney. It was there she met her now husband Martin and the pair were married just shy of her 30th birthday. 

Following a stint as a travel reporter, Michelle welcomed daughters Montana and Mackenzie.

Six years ago she started her own blog, which combined her passions for family, food and travel.

But while food and cooking has always been a love, Michelle admits she needed a bit of assistance in the early days. A chef friend once saw her throwing cooked penne at a wall to see if it would stick. He took her under his wing and taught her the basics, igniting a life-long passion.

Michelle says she loves marrying art with food and creating a beautiful, fancy dish. It is a concept she hopes to not only plate for the judges but later with a cooking show created for people who like fast and fancy meals.

When she is not cooking and spending time with her family, Michelle is a self-described adrenaline junkie and loves surfing, skateboarding, rock climbing and skiing.