A determined chef who’s been cooking from a very young age – her first memory is chopping mushrooms with a butter knife aged four.
Giovanna picked up her cooking from her Italian grandmother, and the country has greatly influenced her style: “As a second-generation Italian, I have a strong affinity with Nigella. I loved how she didn’t care how many calories were in the food that she cooked as long as it tasted incredible.”
The final five travel to Winfield House, the official residence of the American Ambassador to the United Kingdom, where they have the immense task of cooking for him and his five guests, who include author and journalist Rachel Johnson, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Jeremy King, creator of restaurants The Ivy and The Wolseley.
After cooking a complex menu designed by Paul Ainsworth, and cooking a ‘personal’ dish for Gregg and John, one of the five will be sent home.
The final four will be jet-setting to South Africa to face three challenges from the country’s best chefs. They’ll also be cooking at The Test Kitchen, South Africa’s top restaurant and the 25th best in the world.
It’s the grand final. The last step to the coveted MasterChef champion’s trophy. But it won’t be an easy one: the contestants have three hours to cook three courses for Gregg and John, who are looking for culinary boundaries to be smashed.
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