7 Questions With : Nidhi Mahajan, MasterChef Australia Season 8 contestant
Updated on: 23 Jun 2016
Q. Take us back in time to your first brush with cooking. How old were you, and did it leave an impression?
A. I was around seven-eight years old when I started helping my mother in the kitchen. I loved helping her and going to fruit and veggie markets with my father. Kitchens have always attracted me and I find it very calming to be just there.
Q. What was your first truly adventurous encounter with cooking?
A. I remember, as a 12-year-old, one day my parents had gone out and were expected to return at dinnertime. Mum had cooked a stir-fry that I never liked. So, I thought of making daal and rice by myself using my recipe, which I had cut from a newspaper. I was a bit scared but confident enough to make an entire meal. My parents were surprised when they saw the dining table set with my mother's special occasion crockery on the table.
Q. When did you realise that food would play an important part of your life?