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A family tragedy and a pasta obsession: Everything we know about MasterChef's Laura Sharrad.

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This year’s season of MasterChef has captured Australia’s imagination.

The re-jigged version of one of Australia’s favourite reality TV shows came along at just the right moment.

While Australians have quickly become addicted to watching their MasterChef favs battle it out in the MasterChef kitchen, they’ve noticed some recurring themes.

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Like Poh somehow pulling everything together perfectly at the last minute, Reynold creating both savoury and sweet culinary works of art with such precision and planning, and Laura making pasta almost every, single episode.

But beyond the pasta obsession, there’s so much more to the Adelaide-based chef.

 

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Laura Sharrad, formerly known as Laura Cassai, grew up in Templestowe, Victoria. But after her cousin, 22-year-old David Cassai, was coward punched and killed in 2013, her family relocated to McLaren Vale, South Australia.

“My cousin David was a big inspiration for me, even before he tragically passed away,” Laura told Adelaide Now.

“He was always so passionate about life and his attitude to ‘get sh*t done’ was half the reason I applied.”

So, Laura deferred her Bachelor of Health Science degree at Flinders University and applied for MasterChef 2014.

Laura was 19-years-old at the time and became the youngest contestant to ever make it to the top three. She became runner-up in season six, missing out on the title to Brent Owens.

After finishing the reality TV series, Laura was quickly on to the next big thing.

In 2015, she released her cookbook, My Italian Kitchen. She then began working for one of the new MasterChef judges, Jock Zonfrillo, at his restaurant Orana, as the pastry chef.

 

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After working there, she spent three years at the Italian restaurant, Andre’s Cucina, in Adelaide.

On a personal level, Laura has been with her partner, fellow chef Max Sharrad, for over five years. In 2017, he proposed to her in Italy.

 

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“As soon as he pulled out the little box, I just started crying and blubbering… I cried the whole time. It was simply beautiful, just perfect,” she shared with Adelaide Now.

The couple married in October 2018.

 

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A few months later, the newlyweds opened their Italian pasta restaurant, NIDO.

 

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“ROOTELLO BONNATO” NIDO © #nidobarpasta

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And now, Laura is back to claim the title of MasterChef 2020.

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