Daniel Churchill is an Australian chef, TV host and an author of two cook-books DudeFood and The Healthy Cook. He was among the Top 5 contestants of Master Chef Australia ( season 5). At just 24, he has achieved a lot. Growing up on the Northern beaches of Sydney he loves the beach.
I recently got to interview Daniel, read on to know the young Aussie lad!
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Tell about your educational background.
I went to Uni and did a Bachelor in Sport and Exercise Management before competing a Masters in Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning and Nutrition). From here I’ve continued to apply my study to holistic health, tastiness and color.
How did you get into cooking?
I started cooking when I was 12 years old and it all started because as a family we used to watch Jamie Oliver once a week. We didn’t watch a lot of TV but it was one of those awesome moments when we all discussed things about recipes and ideas. Dad came up with the idea of wanting us to learn the life skill of cooking and so he created a roster for us to take it in turns to cook for each other. My cooking adventures never started from someone showing me what to do, rather I was self taught. Looking at recipes working with flavors… I loved it and I loved what it created… it brought people closer together… I then decided to write my first self published cookbook and that’s when things in my food life started to do its thing(SMILE).
Any song you are addicted to?
Hmmmm I reckon.. oh! there are so many… I reckon “Happy by Pharrell William.
Tell about your first book DudeFood.
Dudefood was created on the back of my mates getting jealous that I was getting more attention from their special ladies than they were. As they always asked me about cooking. So i decided to be a good mate and send out recipes to them and get them started on the basics… from there realized i was putting a book together and wanted it to be super simple but have guy orientated scenarios so that it was not intimidating and easy to relate too, and so came the awesomeness that is Dudefood.
What was the idea behind The Healthy Cook?
The Healthy Cook is more about who I am… I love being active and eating. After my studies I wanted to create a cookbook that was simple, promotes the goodness in life and open up inspiration to many. The Healthy Cook is full of super simple, wickedly tasty, healthy home cooked meals and opens peoples eyes to the simplicity of creating something super tasty out of plenty of color. It is also an educational resource for people to learn from. With things from Breakfasts, vegetarian, meat, seafood and even Cheating it is an awesome way to get into the colorful way of food.
Who is your mentor?
I never worked directly with chefs. I am self taught. Mom and Dad supported but never really directed how we should cook. I am inspired by Jamie Oliver. He was the reason I started cooking.
How was life like a Master Chef Contestant?
Absolutely incredible! I got to see so much, do epic things and meet the most amazing inspiring people. I went on the show to learn and that is exactly what I did.. It has created a platform but I focused on making sure I created my own brand off the back of it.
Describe yourself in three words.
Happy, driven, food!
Best moment in your career so far.
There are so many. Perhaps launching “Dudefood” on Good Morning America in front of millions of people was pretty unreal. But there is also other things like being honored with an indigenous Australian community or even giving mum and dad my first ever self published cookbook.
What did you learn from your Master Chef experience?
I obviously learnt so much about food and camera angles, but also plenty about myself like what my strengths and weaknesses are., what I handle well and what I don’t. From there I was able to practice the things I need to work on so I can convey the message I want to create effectively today.
What kind of music do you listen?
Everything! from Kygo, Kanye West and Justin Bieber…..you name it! I love a good sing along!!
Which is your favorite book and why?
I grew up on Harry Potter but lately I have been reading plenty of TED talk books they have been unreal learning about experiences and certain philosophies. One book I am stoked about is The Dorrito Effect by Mark Schatzker, it is an amazing inside into the evolution of food and flavor.
Would you ever like to visit Pakistan to experience our food, taste and flavors?
I would absolutely LOVE to come to Pakistan! I have read so much about your flavors and spices that it gives me chills just thinking about it….have to do another show or festival there for sure!!!
Last but not least, any message to readers and your fans.
I would like to thank all my legendary fans for being who they are and following the messages that i will continue to create and inspire… It is because of them that I get up every day and stay motivated to promote a happy healthy life. I am not doing this for me, but for everyone else in the world, so thank you for the the amazing support that you have all provided thus for and there is plenty of tastiness coming your way…
Hit up my website and sign up for a FREE cookbook www.danielchurchill.com.
Happy Healthy Cooking