Alana is a foodie, writer, presenter and actress.
Alana is a foodie, writer, presenter and actress. She loves to entertain and tell stories about food through her experiences, travels and passion to explore. Her origins are firmly entrenched in Mildura, a small regional town in country Victoria, but she has lived in just about every major city along the east coast of Australia.
Her enthusiasm for food was born out of her mum’s love for feeding anyone and everyone that “popped by”. For Alana food is about travelling, sharing experiences and caring for loved ones and this desire to please was learned from her parents welcoming country approach that regularly saw guests sitting down to a feast on the back deck of her parent’s property.
Alana’s time on MasterChef Australia was an incredibly unique, demanding and rewarding experience. She met and cooked with some of the most highly regarded people in the food industry including one of her food idols, Nigella Lawson. Alana’s nickname among the other contestants was “Nige”. Alana developed from a competent and creative home cook at the beginning of the competition to eventually finishing in 3rd place and was highly commended for her abilities by some of the best chefs in Australia and the world.
Over the last 6 years, Alana has gained considerable experience as a journalist in both broadcast and print. In more recent years, she focused her efforts on freelance lifestyle, food and travel writing. Since MasterChef, Alana has been fortunate to put her name to a number of fantastic brands including Betty Crocker, Westinghouse, Tourism NZ, Queensland Rail and a new brand to market in early 2012.
In Brisbane, Alana is working with both local and state marketing and tourism bodies to help boost tourism numbers to Queensland and is also interested in working with other states to encourage domestic travelling, particular food related experiences and holidays. Recently, she has also been working with Tourism NZ to perform a similar role with an international focus.
Alana’s increased public profile and growing food and travel journalism reputation has allowed her to combine her interests with charitable work, something Alana considers to be very important. She recently became a national ambassador for the Cancer Council of Australia to help in raising awareness for women’s cancers. Alana is also an Ambassador for The Big Dinner Party initiative by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Queensland which will be held in March.
Alana loves showing how ordinary ingredients can turn into extraordinary experiences. She plans to explore and uncover new and delectable cuisines, cultures and kitchens around the world and hopes to meet amazing people along the way...but most importantly she wants to share those experiences through her food and stories.... Read more.