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Minoli De Silva Biography – Minoli De Silva Wiki
Minoli De Silva is a Sri Lankan-born Australian chef and chemical engineer from Northern Territory. She has been a contestant on MasterChef Australia Season 13 and 14.
Born in Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, Minoli was 6 when her family moved to Australia, but the culinary delights of her homeland infused her childhood. Growing up, her mother would use seasonal produce to prepare delicious Sri Lankan curries and often cooked with lesser-known ingredients including chicken giblets, bitter gourd, jackfruit and dried fish.
With food idols including Yotam Ottolenghi, Samin Nosrat and Massimo Bottura, Minoli dreams of one day cooking in Sicily, impressed by how the town is so beautifully influenced from different regions of the world. She cites her experience in Japan as a teenager as mindblowing, as she was stunned by the cuisine and culture.
While international chefs excite her, there’s nobody she loves watching in the kitchen more than her mother. Minoli told 10 play it’s her mum who can turn any humble vegetable or fruit into a tasty dish, teaching her daughter to trust her palate and always focus on flavour.
After graduating from Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar in 2004, Minoli completed her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from RMIT University.
Prior to joining MasterChef Australia Season 13, Minoli was based in Darwin, where she was working as an engineering portfolio manager, and led the Northern Territory team delivering projects across all the NT Defence Estates.
Minoli De Silva Age
She was born in Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. She is 35 years old.
Minoli De Silva Husband
Is Minoli De Silva married? The MasterChef contestant neither has a husband nor any children.
Minoli De Silva Family
She is the eldest of three sisters.
Minoli De Silva Cancer
MasterChef Australia contestant Minoli De Silva was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2017 at the age of 30. Almost immediately after the diagnosis, Minoli underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy over seven months and froze her eggs.
“In January 2016, I went and got a breast examination because there was a small lump. Then towards the end of that year, it started to grow noticeably bigger and I went into the doctors and immediately they were like, ‘Go get checked’,” MasterChef contestant told Mamamia.
“I did a biopsy that day and literally within a week, they had harvested the eggs, they went through the egg preservation process and I went straight into chemotherapy treatment.”
A side effect of the treatment, was losing her sense of taste. It toook her close to one year after chemo for her taste buds to start working again.
“I had to be quite pragmatic as there was nothing much I could do about what was happening in my body during chemotherapy. I had to figure out how I could still enjoy food during that time and not have a bad association with it. I made changes eating fresher food and eating things I love to overcome it,” she told Living Magazine.
Minoli is now cancer-free. She goes for regular checks (monthly) and takes a hormone suppressant, according to Mamamia.
Minoli De Silva MasterChef
Minoli De Silva was a contestant on MasterChef Australia Season 13. She was eliminated early on in the competition, only to return during Second Chance Week. She made it to the top 10 and was sent home in a double elimination alongside Scott Bagnell. In 2022, Minoli will be returning for MasterChef Australia: Fans & Favourites.
The MasterChef Australia 2022 Contestants include Aldo Ortado, Ali Stoner, Alvin Quah, Billie McKay, Chris Tran, Christina Batista, Daniel Lamble, Dulan Hapuarachchi, Harry Tomlinson, Jenn Lee, John Carasig, Julie Goodwin, Keyma Vasquez Montero, Matt Landmark, Max Krapivsky, Melanie Persson, Michael Weldon, Mindy Woods, Minoli De Silva, Montana Hughes, Sarah Todd, Sashi Cheliah, Steph Woon and Tommy Pham.
Minoli De Silva Nationality
What nationality is MasterChef contestant Minoli De Silva? She is of Sri Lankan-Australian nationality.
Minoli De Silva Heritage
Minoli is of Sri Lankan origin.
Minoli De Silva Instagram
Minoli De Silva’s Instagram handle is @minoli.desilva.