Private banker Sam grew up on a merino and cattle farm in rural NSW - he is one of three boys.
Sam’s Grandfather was a butcher who taught him a lot about cuts of meat. One of his first memories of cooking is preparing roast lamb with his Mum - who is his cooking inspiration.
Sam wants to pursue something he is passionate about as a career - and hopes to work in the food industry.
One of his ideas is to return to farming and open a restaurant on the property that sells what the farm produces. “I want to love getting up to go to work.”
Sam’s strengths are meat and seafood - it was his Salmon dish in the Back Yourself With Matt Moran challenge that secured him his spot in the Top 24. He also loves to cook on the barbecue.
Sam has been in a relationship with his girlfriend for 18 months - she is in training for the 2012 London Olympics as part of the Australian Water Polo team. Sam is also very keen on sport and says his proudest moment was getting a hole-in-one at the Royal Sydney Golf Course.
Sam is adventurous with his cooking and believes he has a good knowledge of flavours. His weaknesses are desserts and baking.
By being on MasterChef Sam hopes to test himself in something he loves and learn as much as he can about food.
“I want to make more diverse dishes and gain a greater understanding of flavours - hopefully this will help me achieve a life immersed in food and wine.”