Anastasia Zolotarev is a cook, blogger and ex-Masterchef Contestant based in Manly, Sydney
Anastasia Zolotarev is a cook, blogger and ex-Masterchef Contestant based in Manly, Sydney. Born in Belarus, she lived in Ukraine up until the age of five, before her family decided to a move to Australia. Raised in Sydney, her passion for food and culture thrived, finishing a degree in International Studies and Business in Tourism. This gave her ample opportunities to live, study and travel in countries such as India, Spain, Russia and more.
Having previously worked in marketing, Anastasia felt she was ready to create something herself. So she decided to change everything and follow her passion for food and good quality produce. Anastasia had the most amazing opportunity to take part in Masterchef Australia 2016, where she cooked her way into the competition using produce from her friends’ farm. Since this experience she learnt the biggest lesson of all and that is to just do it! So now she is starting from scratch.
Anastasia is currently working on a variety of projects. Recently launching her website www.byana.com.au she develops and styles recipes, as well as documents food, travel and other lifestyle topics and soon will be launching an organic product line. She has recently completed a small project filming a trip through Spain, where she met and visually documented artisanal food producers (soon to be published on her Youtube channel). Anastasia is also set on opening a Café in the short term.
Youtube: Anastasia Zolotarev