Masterchef audition was never on the menu for Brendan Pang


Brendan Pang, from WA, is in the top 24.
FOR former social worker Brendan Pang, auditioning for a television show like Masterchef was never on the cards.
Masterchef audition was never on the menu for Brendan Pang
Masterchef audition was never on the menu for Brendan Pang
Brendan Pang, from WA, is in the top 24. FOR former social worker Brendan Pang, auditioning for a television show like Masterchef was never on the cards.

The Applecross resident is one of three West Australians to take part in the hit TV series and while one of the younger contestants, Pang has proved he’s got what it takes to go all the way, wooing the judges with his Mauritian-inspired cooking.

The 24-year-old said he grew up immersed in a foodie culture.

His mum Dany is a baker – her store, Marguerite Cakes, is in Applecross – and his father and grandparents taught him about his Mauritian heritage and their French, Chinese and Indian influences.

“A big part of my love of food definitely comes from my Mauritian heritage,” he said.

“I’ve always loved everything about food from a young age. In the lead-up to Masterchef there was a lot of time in the kitchen with Mum, me doing the savouring and Mum baking – we bounce off each other.”

Convinced by a friend to audition, Pang said the whole experience from the get-go had been special and inspiring.

“It was quite a long and exciting process – but I got the call… and then I made the top 24,” he said.

“Meeting the judges for the first time was a pretty special moment for me but it’s been a good start and I’ve cooked dishes that I’ve been quite proud of.

“I’ve learnt a lot from them already and the other contestants.

“We are pretty close – it’s a competition at the end of the day and the prize is quite big but you go into that house and it’s healthy competition but we are pretty close and it is a family.

With Nigella Lawson hitting TV screens this week, Pang said “the Domestic Goddess” was everything he hoped she would be – encouraging and genuine.

“That was such a special moment and we were so happy to see her walk in.

“She’s really nice and genuine in her feedback and discussions about food, she’s all about honest cooking.”

Looking to the future Pang said he hoped he and his mum would be able to work together.