Social worker Tregan has many memories of food during her childhood but the one that stands out is the time she would spend at the food market when her parents ran a pet shop there.
“I would help the guys run their stalls by chopping up the produce!”
She also remembers baking with her Grandmother and making pasta with her Aunty - Tregan’s Maltese background has had a big influence on her cooking - her signature dish is a Maltese Ravioli with a tomato sauce.
“Food is the centre of life and family for us.”
Tregan started to become serious about food whilst living abroad - a time when she wasn’t very happy.
“I watched a lot of TV and was inspired by Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver.”
Tregan is very determined and hopes to use her MasterChef experience combined with her social work skills to help and educate disadvantaged young people about food. Pasta, roasts and desserts are her strengths whilst her lack of patience and measuring are weaknesses. She also struggles with Asian and Indian cuisine.
Tregan’s proudest moment in life so far has been buying a house with her fiancé - they are getting married later this year - and shortly afterwards they got a dog. “We are starting to build a family and this is amazing.”
Tregan loves tattoos and has pictures of family members etched on her arms. She says her parents hated them at the beginning but they now accept them. Her Dad even got his own earlier this year.
When she is not cooking, Tregan plays Roller Derby with a Geelong League. She also loves Sunday roasts with family.