Armenian-Australian Anushka Zargaryan makes Masterchef Top 10

By | Friday, 21 June 2019

AUSTRALIA: Budding Armenian-Australian chef Anushka Zargaryan has wowed judges for the past two months, making the cut-off for the coveted finals in Network Ten's Masterchef Australia.

The 49-year-old optical dispenser from Melbourne, Victoria is considered one of the foremost dessert cooks on the popular television show, having won praise from world class chefs including Nigella Lawson and Heston Blumenthal - Anushka won Michelin-star chef Blumenthal's recent cereal challenge.

Her journey in the competition has seen the diminutive Armenia-born survive one pressure test, where she nailed a delicious paella. She has also battled through five elimination cooks.

As we approach the top ten of the $250,000 competition, it is worthwhile learning more about Anushka Zargaryan.

The Masterchef website says: "Raised on a diet of Armenian, Iranian and Russian cuisines, Anushka enjoys fusing those cultures into technical dishes. She prefers desserts over savoury, like the feather-light Russian honey cake that bagged her a white apron, not to mention a selfie with her food idol, Matt Preston."

Anushka is married to airline engineer Arthur, and they have two children, David and Lilit. She migrated to Australia around 20 years ago from Armenia. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Cultural Studies and Education.