Married for 12 years, Mario says there is nothing better than sharing your life with your best friend. Together they love to eat out and try different types of food and cooking styles - although he says a good old fashioned barbecue or grill can’t be beaten.
Mario says his strengths are in Eastern European cooking . particularly goulashes and peasant style food - and his ability to learn fast.
“I’m fairly good at a one pot wonder!”
Desserts are his weakness. “I’ve probably attempted only 2 or 3 desserts in my whole life!”
As well as cooking Mario loves the Arts and has his own theatre company that he led from relative obscurity to having 18 nominations at an amateur theatre awards - he writes, acts and directs for them. He also sings in a choir and loves to watch Glee.
Mario hopes his MasterChef experience will give him a greater knowledge of technique and kick start a career in the food industry.
“I have a real willingness to learn.”