Larissa, affectionally known as Larry, is Australia’s MasterChef winner for 2019, the youngest to ever win the 11 year long series on Network Ten.
Always full of life, it was her unpretentious mix of confidence and tenacity that won the viewers and judges hearts. Born and raised in Sydney in a big Lebanese family, Larissa says her fondest memories of food start in her grandparent’s peach farm. Food is the key ingredient that bring her large family together.
Finishing high school in 2014, Larissa went onto Macquarie University where she is studied a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration But it was when her family lovingly pushed her to audition for MasterChef that she decided she needed to take a risk and possibly create a future in something she was truly passionate about.
Starting the competition with her ‘PUDDLEcotta’ it was only up from there. Larissa initially focused on the sweet style of creativity, though as the competition progressed everything came together in all styles of dishes. The judges put some of her dishes amongst the best they had ever seen ‘Absolute perfectionists when it comes to combining flavours’ said Gary and ‘She is creative and she’s got that with spades, we’ve seen it week in week out’ said George.
“I take a lot of risks, but I do know that most of the time it will work for me. It’s pretty much just backing yourself and trusting that you know this dish works, it’s not too out there.”These risks resulted in high praise coming from some of the world’s best chefs ‘Amazing, Amazing’ Massimo Bottura and ‘It brings you in and wraps you up’ Heston Blumenthal.
Larissa has found the path that she is truly passionate about and is excited to continue to live her food dream every day. She dreams of one day opening her own farm to table dining experience in Sydney’s Hills District.