Food, travels and her secrets for a successful dinner party
Sarah Todd shot to fame on Seasons 6 and 14 of MasterChef, leaving a legacy with standout dishes like Aloo Gobi, Goan Pork Vindaloo and Butter Poached Lobster with Spiced Bouillabaisse.
Beyond her countless MasterChef accolades, we’re diving into everything you should know about the latest member of the Simonds Homes family.
For the international chef, there’s no place like home
When she’s not venturing around the world and travelling extensively throughout India, Sarah calls Melbourne home. She grew up in the coastal community of Walkerston, west of Mackay in Queensland, as part of a close-knit family that saw her grandma and aunty live just a street away. Home has always been an important place of connection for Sarah, especially being part of a huge family that loves cooking together. Her wealth of experience in developing commercial kitchens combined with her love of home cooking will inspire the insights and advice to come with our series, A Taste of Home with Sarah Todd.
Honing her skills at Le Corden Bleu
Before appearing on MasterChef, Sarah honed her classic cooking skills at Le Corden Bleu in London, finishing top of her class. This training would combine with her love for and extensive travels across India, that’s seen her journey to the likes of Assam, Kashmir and Rajasthan, and even led her to opening up her own restaurant, Antares, in Goa. This fusion of classic French techniques with Indo-Australian cuisine is what defines Sarah’s unique cooking style that she’s renowned for today.
We know some of her go-to dishes, but what’s Sarah’s go-to kitchen style?
Sarah’s love for Indian cuisine means that high-pigment ingredients are always on frequent rotation in her kitchen. Along with being packed full of flavour and beautifully pigmented, these spices often run the risk of staining white or lighter benchtops, so Sarah instead opts for a darker colour palette, especially when choosing a benchtop made from a porous material like stone. She delves into colour palettes plus more in her 3 tips for designing a MasterChef approved kitchen here.
With a private dining experience cooked by Sarah on the table, what are her secrets for a successful dinner party?
For Sarah, one of her biggest tips for pulling off a memorable dinner party is keeping things simple, while making an impact with flavour and presentation. Choosing dishes that can be prepared the day before or one-pot-wonders that are big crowd pleasers take the stress out of hosting and allow you sit back and enjoy the night unfold. If you love alfresco entertaining, Sarah loves to pay homage to her childhood growing up in Queensland with Indian-inspired barbeque recipes that combine rich flavours with local Australian produce as they’re an easy way to soak up the summertime atmosphere while taking your entertaining to a whole new level.
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