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Born: April 30, 1988 (age 34 years), Maitland, Australia
Parents: Peter Allen
Education: Maitland Grossmann High School
Awards: Winner, MasterChef Australia
Date of Birth April 30, 1988
Age 34 Years, 9 Months, 14 Days
Place of Birth Australia
Parents Peter Allen
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Mother Not Available
Siblings Not Available
Spouse Not Known
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Andrew Peter Allen is an Australian cook. He is notable for winning the fourth season of MasterChef Australia in 2012, and for being a judge on MasterChef Australia from 2020.
Allen won the fourth season of MasterChef Australia. After making it to the final, Allen beat fellow finalists Audra Morrice and Julia Taylor in a three-way contest. Facing only Taylor for the final two rounds, Allen won with a score of 76 to Taylor’s 68.
Allen appeared in an episode of MasterChef Australia All-Stars in August 2012.
He returned in the eleventh season as a professional Secret Chef, and lost to Sandeep Pandit by a perfect score, 30, in an Immunity Pin Challenge. His score was kept secret, but was revealed on Facebook to be 24.
In October 2019, he was announced as one of three of the new MasterChef judges who will replace George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston.
Allen was originally an electrician by occupation. He is also a basketball player with the Maitland Mustangs. He also volunteered to work on extensions to his local basketball stadium.
Allen’s father Peter is a teacher at Bolwarra Public School, and was also the primary cricket convenor for the NSW Primary Schools Sports Association.
Allen has pursued a career in the Hospitality industry and now co-owns a restaurant, Three Blue Ducks, that has five locations around Australia, in Bronte, Rosebery and Byron Bay in NSW, as well as Brisbane and Melbourne.
In 2018 his restaurant was awarded a Chefs Hat, making Allen the first MasterChef Australia contestant to be awarded the highly sought-after honour.
In 2021, he appeared as a co-host in Three Blue Ducks, a cooking show based on travelling throughout Australia to find inspiration for new dishes that will appear on the permanent restaurant menu.
In 2012, Andy was set to become a qualified electrician. However, a dare from one of his friends changed his life when he entered Season 4 of MasterChef Australia.
Before MasterChef, Andy taught himself to cook by watching various food shows. He often spent his weekends hosting a barbecue or lunch for his friends. In addition, Andy developed a strong passion for all things seafood during fishing trips with his family.
During his time on the show, Andy used every opportunity to grow and hone his skills by researching and watching his fellow contestants. This experience allowed Andy to realise his great passion for food.
After an intense eight months of training and practising, Andy was crowned the winner of MasterChef Australia Season 4 and gained an appetite to continue improving and learning as much as he could.
Since then, Andy has continued to push himself further and has dabbled in personal catering. He published his first cookbook, The Next Element, in 2012 and worked as a part-time cook in a vibrant Sydney restaurant, Three Blue Ducks.
Andy quickly fell in love with the fast-paced team environment of the kitchen. So much so that in 2016, he and Three Blue Ducks opened a new venture in Rosebery together.
From Head Chef to Co-Owner of the entire restaurant group, Andrew dedicated himself to his work and threw everything he had into his roles.
In 2018, the Three Blue Duck’s Rosebery restaurant was awarded the Australian Good Food Guide “chef’s hat”.
As the Head Chef of the Three Blue Ducks’ Rosebery restaurant, Andy became the first MasterChef Australia contestant to receive this highly sought-after honour.
Since then, Andy and the Ducks have opened restaurants in Byron Bay, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Before becoming a MasterChef Judge in 2020, Andy already had experience in presenting television shows. He previously joined fellow MasterChef Australia alumni Ben Milbourne in Andy and Ben Eat Australia, and Andy and Ben Eat The World.
He has also co-hosted Farm To Fork and Three Blue Ducks for Network 10.
Andy is passionate about sustainability, and his love for food revolves around knowing where his produce comes from and ensuring that each dish is bursting with flavour.
When he is not cooking, Andy enjoys sport and has even represented Australia in basketball.