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Matt Sinclair

A MasterChef fan favourite 

Matt Sinclair burst onto our screens in MasterChef Australia’s 8th series and became a firm favourite from the outset. With his easy-going style, sense of humour and charm, he has made himself a household name.

Matt has now become a regular face on Australian TV, with his roles on two series of The Cook’s Pantry with Matt Sinclair, for TEN, his mentor role on Masterchef Australia Season 11, and now his new co-hosting role on My Market Kitchen, also for the TEN Network. His passion for food and cooking makes him a popular brand Ambassador, working with brands such as Dell, Jacob’s Creek, Sirena Tuna, Weber, Australian Beef Association and Cobram Estate, just to name a few.

Matt was the Ambassador for Tourism Noosa in 2017 and 2018. and is currently the Ambassador for Tourism and Events Queensland and is passionate about the produce and environment in and around QLD and continues to promote the various regions. A popular talent at events, Matt appears at key events around the country including the Good Food & Wine Show, Regional Flavours and Grampians Grape Escape.

Matt now runs the award-winning Sum Yung Guys in Noosa, and after 5 years, and numerous awards, including One Chefs Hat from Good Food Awards, The Australian’s Top 50 Restaurants of the Year and Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Award, he has well and truly cemented himself as a successful Restaurateur. He not only writes the menu but is the driving force behind the success of SYG.

Matt grew up in the Sydney shire of Sutherland, and as he puts it, has great memories of family life there’. Matt’s passion for food began at an early age in the kitchen of his great grandmother, Elsie. Matt credits Elsie, and his grandmother Elva, with inspiring his desire to pursue a culinary career – an inspiration that came full circle in 2014, when Matt catered for his grandmother’s 80th birthday.

Matt’s first real foray into the hospitality industry came at the age of 19, when he began working at ‘Summer Salt’ in Cronulla. Working closely with the chefs there, Matt was constantly asking questions and, in his spare time, attempting to recreate his favourite dishes.

After a stint working in Canada as a bartender and landscaper, Matt chose to forgo a boys’ trip to Central and South America, deciding instead on a solo trip to India. This passion for new experiences was the driving force behind taking him to the MasterChef Australia kitchen.

One of Matt’s fondest memories from being on MasterChef Australia was the opportunity to travel to the United States and work in some of California’s best food trucks. The idea behind the food truck is one Matt identifies closely with and, in fact, immediately after finishing the MasterChef Australia competition, he and his best mate pursued their food truck dream in the form of a 20ft shipping container at Eat Street market in Brisbane.

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