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He may have been a young prodigy having completed Year 11 at just14-years-old, enrolled in university at age 16 and become a lawyer by 21, but Adam Liaw Winner of the 2nd series of the Ch10 hit series MasterChef, will tell you taking out the...

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Adam Liaw's Biography

He may have been a young prodigy having completed Year 11 at just14-years-old, enrolled in university at age 16 and become a lawyer by 21, but Adam Liaw Winner of the 2nd series of the Ch10 hit series MasterChef, will tell you taking out the title was one of his proudest moments.


On the 25th July 2010 watched by over 4.2 million people, Adam completed a grueling round of finale tests to finish a close 4 points ahead of his opponent and mate Callum Hahn. Relief and shock flooded his face as he came to realize that success was so much sweeter when it came from achieving something you are truly passionate about.

When growing up in Adelaide, there seemed little doubt that Adam’s world would eventually centre around cooking. “I first remember cooking when I was eight or nine and living with my mum and stepfather,” explains Adam. “With my stepbrothers and sisters, there were eight of us kids in the house and once a month, it would be the kids’ turn to make dinner. We moved around a bit when I was younger, like over to Malaysia, and there would always be some kind of food that I had loved – and wanted to cook – for the whole family.”

He moved to Japan six years ago, where his love affair with food blossomed. And after forging a successful career as a lawyer, Adam handed down his verdict on his culinary future: he wants to open his own Japanese Izakaya, which is like a pub with a casual restaurant.

The opportunity to return home and step the path that would ultimately fulfill his culinary dream came in the form of MasterChef Series 2. Having lived in Japan he knew little about the series but in late 2009 he took the plunge, quit his job and returned to Australia to line up with 7000 others, all hopeful to secure a place in the top 50.

After nine intense, exhausting and exhilarating months Adam has seeing his dreams unfold. As the winner of MasterChef Series 2 he has worked in the kitchens of some of his biggest idols like Tetsuya, Gilbert Lau and Peter Gilmore.

His eclectic upbringing and life experiences have given Adam a passion for authentic Asian cuisine. Adam’s popularity and intelligent style of cooking has seen him cook and present at such prestigious global events as the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai and 2011 South African Good Food & Wine Show, Johannesburg. He is cultural Ambassador for the 2012 Chinese New Year celebrations in Australia, and plans to open his first restaurant – a casual Japanese izakaya – in Sydney in late 2012.

Adam’s latest project is the primetime food/travel program “Destination Flavour”, airing soon in Australia on SBS ONE. He is also the author of the best-selling cookbook “Two Asian Kitchens”, which has received a hugely positive response from fans, critics and food lovers alike.