Where Are They Now? MasterChef Australia Season 8 Winner Elena Duggan and Runner-Up Matt Sinclair Share Latest Recipes, Food Truck Dreams

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Latest Update On MasterChef Australia Season 8 Winner & Runner-up

What Is Matt Sinclair Doing Now?

Partnership with Silver Chef

Sinclair has entered into a partnership with one of Australia’s fastest growing company, Silver Chef. He will be the new social media ambassador. Sinclair will soon launch a video series following his journey to becoming a hospitality business owner and beyond.

He wants to inspire people with his story. Sinclair says he is excited to work with Silver Chef. They are helping him since September 2016 and assisting him in every step to set up his business.

Appeared on Everyday Gourmet

Matt Sinclair also appeared on  Australian television cooking show, Everyday Gourmet. The show is hosted by former MasterChef contestant Justine Schofield.

Latest Update on Elena Duggan

Elena Duggan was seen in the first challenge of MasterChef Australia Season 9 in the 4th Episode. She selected the ingredients of the mystery box challenge.

Before that Duggan had uploaded pics of two gourmet dishes. Spicy, sticky, twice cooked pork and Anzac cookie sandwiches.

She feels the pork dish should have been served along with veggies or quinoa. But the dish alone looks tempting. She tells her fans to try the recipe and tag her in the  pics.

She loves when her fans share their cooking with her. Next she would be sharing a delicious Earl Grey Tea parfait recipe.

Elena Duggan says being on Masterchef has changed the way she treats the ingredients. She loves to buy seasonal ingredients and likes mixing up things that can go well together.

She feels planning and preparations are important for a good dinner. She advises to keep things separate and make it differently each day.

She is currently searching for a property where she can open a restaurant and kitchen workshop.

What have MasterChef Australia season 8 winner Elena Duggan and runner-up Matt Sinclair been up to since the competition ended a few weeks ago? Well, one is sharing her latest recipes on Instagram and the other is going to run a food truck pretty soon.

Both contestants were evenly matched, with both pegged for the win as the finale drew closer. Sinclair was the social media darling, but in the end, Duggan was crowned MasterChef.

Sinclair, a 27-year-old coffee roaster from Queensland, may have lost the competition—but it certainly hasn’t stopped him from chasing his culinary dreams.

Matt Sinclair’s Culinary Dreams Are Coming True

Sinclair’s dishes had many viewers wishing they could sample his fare in real life rather than observe from their TVs, and now that wish could very well come true for locals.

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Photo credit: Instagram @_matt_sinclair

Sinclair has plans to open a food stand in Brisbane’s Eat Street Markets in a few weeks. The new food venue, which he hopes to turn into a food truck down the road, is called Ten Piece Cutlery.

Eventually, Sinclair wants to expand the business into a catering venture, giving many more people the opportunity to eat his amazing dishes. Imagine having your wedding catered by none other than a MasterChef runner-up! Matt Sinclair’s catering business will draw big crowds once he gets it up and running

But, it’s baby steps for now as Sinclair focuses on his new food stall. Apparently he has the menu planned and ready, with dishes that are simple and comforting. Comfort food—who doesn’t need that? The cuisine will have a strong South East Asian flare but other options might include a soft shell crab burger, Thai-style chicken, and short ribs braised in master stock.

Elena Duggan’s Instagram Updates

Elena Duggan was MasterChef Australia’s grand winner, and it is no wonder. Her final dish, the “Verjus in Egg,” was the outstanding dish that prevented Matt Sinclair from nabbing the coveted prize.

The 32-year-old teacher won $250,000 in cash and a chance to write her own magazine column.

Duggan seems to love Instagram because she frequently dishes out updates of her latest recipes. On Monday, Duggan shared a picture of a gorgeous salad made with roasted beetroot, blood orange and navel orange, goat’s cheese, and hazelnut:

The first dinner Duggan made for friends and family after winning the competition was a confit duck leg with pan-fried duck breast, duck jus, blackberries, beetroot, and pickled onions:

Elena Duggan’s favorite food is seafood. She also loves fresh and green vegetables, so her Instagram followers are sure to see those ingredients pop up in her dishes soon. For now, Duggan is taking things slow as she figures out her next steps.


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