Larissa, affectionally known as Larry, is Australia’s MasterChef winner for 2019, the youngest to ever win the series on Network Ten.
Always full of life, it was her unpretentious mix of confidence and tenacity that won the viewer's and judge's hearts. Born and raised in Sydney in a big Lebanese family, Larissa says her fondest memories of food started in her grandparent's peach farm. Food is the key ingredient that brings her large family together.
Starting the competition with her ‘PUDDLEcotta' it was only up from there. Larissa initially focused on the sweet style of creativity, though as the competition progressed everything came together in all styles of dishes. The judges put some of her dishes amongst the best they had ever seen ‘Absolute perfectionists when it comes to combining flavors' said Gary and ‘She is creative and she's got that with spades, we've seen it week in week out' said George. "I take a lot of risks, but I do know that most of the time it will work for me. It’s pretty much just backing yourself and trusting that you know this dish works, it’s not too out there." These risks resulted in high praise coming from some of the world’s best chefs 'Amazing, Amazing' Massimo Bottura and 'It brings you in and wraps you up' Heston Blumenthal.