Occupation: Theatre Nurse
Working as a nurse in one of Melbourne’s busiest hospitals, Eliza spends her day monitoring and caring for patients coming out of surgery. But by night she is dreaming of food, cooking dinner parties for friends and thinking about recipes and ways to create new and exciting bold flavours.
Inspired by a range of chefs and home cooks including Tamsin Carvan, Scott Pickett, Guy Grossi and Adrian Richardson, Eliza says her biggest food hero remains her Grandma Jo Jo who introduced her to food from a young age. Growing up with a tight knit family, Eliza was routinely mentored in the kitchen by Grandma Jo Jo, who would let the then 10-year-old stir the gravy and whip the cream for desserts. Eliza loved helping her parents cook dinner for the family and over the years she took on the venture and loved to plan and prepare meals solo.
After graduating from high school, Eliza commenced a degree in Marketing and Management but decided the path wasn’t for her and took a year off to travel and explore the world. Backpacking across Europe, she worked for a time as a nanny in the South of France and Italy, citing the incredible food on offer as a highlight of her travels.
Returning home, Eliza began her degree in Nursing before starting work at Melbourne’s Epworth Hospital where she has remained as a theatre nurse ever since.
Always one to give everything a go, Eliza beams with an optimistic spirit and contagious laugh, and this young cook sums up her style in the kitchen as modern and well-rounded, confident with both sweet and savoury.
Together with boyfriend Alex for three years, the pair bought their first home in Melbourne’s north in 2015, and Eliza routinely hosts dinner parties for friends and caters family functions.
Setting her sights on a brand new future in food, Eliza hopes to one day shift her MasterChef experience into a small boutique food store and deli, selling cheese, meats and preserves with homemade meals for lunches and dinners. She says she’d also love to work at weddings, creating lavish and beautiful grazing platters for guests.