Steph de Sousa graced our screens on ‘MasterChef’ Series 11 in 2019. Her warm, affectionate motherly personality was infectious. Steph’s cooking is all about wholesome & flavoursome food that brings people together.
Born in the small town of Wynyard in north-west Tasmania, Steph was one of four daughters. In her early childhood her family relocated to QLD for her Dad to peruse his career as a horse trainer.
When she finished school, Steph trained as a hairdresser, though it was apparent after a few years that this is not for her and she transitioned into a career as a Public Servant. While she thoroughly enjoyed her work here, she always knew she was destined for something else.
When MasterChef applications opened in 2017 she surprised herself and her family when she submitted her application. She was not so lucky that time or again in 2018, both where she made it through 2 rounds of auditions. Third time was the charm in 2019 where she entered the competition and made it to top 12.
Steph very quickly became known for her ability to think under pressure, Matt Preston fondly referred to her as ‘MacGyver’. She impressed the judges immensely throughout the competition, one of their favourites was her beef vindaloo, which they claimed was the best they had ever had.
Inspired by Maggie Beer and Rick Stein, Steph also holds a special place for Stephanie Alexander, her own maiden name. When she’s not cooking, she practices daily yoga and lives by the mantra she once heard from swimming great Kieran Perkins – ‘find what you love, and do it eight hours a day’.