Meet MasterChef Australia 2023’s Jessica Perri — An Optometrist With A Love For Making ‘Pretty Pasta’
Food has always been a big part of Perri's life, as she learnt to cook from her two Nonnas from the age of three. Once one of them passed away, Perri realised the gift and responsibility she had been given to continue the family legacy through food.
Perri and her husband share two children, and being away from her kids to film MasterChef was probably the most challenging part of participating on the reality TV show.
"First cook in the MasterChef kitchen. What a mix of emotions- joy, nerves, uncertainty. It’s also my first time away from my 5yo and 3yo - and this raises the stakes for me," the 35-year-old wrote on Instagram as the first episode aired.
"For me cooking is cathartic, and now MasterChef has helped sharpen my focus. I want to make sure that every minute I’m away from my children has been used to improve my culinary skills. I’m here to give it my everything for me, for my kids, and for my late Nonna, whose guidance and nurturing shaped my skill and love for pasta making."
Perri is one of 18 new faces on the show's 15th season, which is different to last year's season MasterChef Australia: Fans & Favourites, which featured 12 returning contestants from previous seasons and 12 amateur home cooks.
MasterChef Australia airs Sunday to Wednesday at 7:30pm on Channel 10 and 10 Play.