MasterChef 2021 has south-west flavour

MasterChef Top 24. Picture: Ten

MasterChef Top 24. Picture: Ten

It's that wonderful time of year again.

Katy Perry's Hot and Cold rings out several times a week, Aussie viewers salivate from their couches and 24 food lovers are putting their talents on show for a chance at glory.

That's right, MasterChef Australia is back - and this year, we have a contestant from the Liverpool LGA.

Linda Dalrymple is one of the talented home cooks who were selected for the 2021 season.

"It feels amazing," she told the Champion.

"I don't even know how to describe how excited I was. It's just an amazing feeling to make the top 24."

The 38-year-old has been a fan of the juggernaut cooking show since season one, and remembers inaugural winner Julie Goodwin lifting the first trophy.

She said her family had encouraged her to apply throughout the years, and she finally took the plunge this season.

"I love eating and cooking, and that's what really got me into applying for MasterChef ," she said.

"I love everything about the show, from when it first aired.

"I've loved learning how to cook, watching the different challenges.

"My whole experience, getting to meet people with the same passion, people from different cultures who have different styles of cooking, has just been incredible."

Cooking up a storm: Liverpool's Linda Dalrymple is one of the Top 24 contestants on Masterchef this season. Picture: Ten

Cooking up a storm: Liverpool's Linda Dalrymple is one of the Top 24 contestants on Masterchef this season. Picture: Ten

Ms Dalrymple, a full-time mum to two kids, said she learned a lot of her cooking craft from her grandmother.

"My heritage is Cambodian, Chinese and Laotian," she said.

"As a little girl, my grandmother looked after me while my parents were at work, and I would bake with her.

"I've still got her bake tins. My grandmother was the first person who got me into food.

"Growing up, I loved food so much and I was always watching my parents in the kitchen, watching everyone cooking.

"Once I hit my teens I started asking more questions of Dad and grew my love of food."

Ms Dalrymple, whose cooking skews more savoury but enjoys eating sweets, said there were plenty of past contestants who inspired her.

Hometown contestant: Ms Dalrymple is the only Masterchef contestant from Sydney's south-west in this season. Picture: Ten

Hometown contestant: Ms Dalrymple is the only Masterchef contestant from Sydney's south-west in this season. Picture: Ten

She particularly loved the last season, where fan favourites returned for another go at the trophy.

"My style of cooking relates a lot to Sarah Tiong," she said.

"But I love the way Reynold goes about his desserts, how creative he is. Brendan, Reece, Poh - all those guys have just been really inspirational for me.

"I love watching where they started to where they're at now."

Ms Dalrymple said a big part of her decision to join MasterChef was to show her kids that chasing their dreams is important.

"When you become a parent, your focus is on your kids and you want them best for them," she said.

"I'm trying to raise my kids in a way that shows them they can do whatever they want to do do.

"If that's how I want my kids to live, I need to set an example.

"If I'm not taking the leap, I'm not showing my children that if you put your mind to something, you can reach the stars."

Ms Dalrymple said the three judges on MasterChef - Mel Leong, Andy Allen and Jock Zonfrillo - were "amazing, great, supportive" people and she couldn't have a bad word to say.

Ms Dalrymple is supported from home by her husband Dave and their two children.

She hopes one day to run a South East Asian food truck and serving bento boxes in the south-west.

MasterChef Australia airs on Ten at 7.30pm Monday-Thursday.

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