Interview: Kate Bracks — MasterChef 2011 Winner & MasterChef LIVE Ticket Giveaway

When I told my girls I was going to interview Kate Bracks for my blog, they were ecstatic. My Cool-Mum factor went right up, so thanks for that Kate.  The girls did a few pictures for me to send to Kate.

kate bracks masterchef 2011

MasterChef, the televised series, became a fun part of our evenings, and it’s a bit sad now it’s over. But wait! There’s still MasterChef LIVEwhich you can read about after my interview with Kate.  I also have 2 double passes to giveaway to the show at the end of the post.

Interview with Kate Bracks

I’m so happy to welcome the lovely Kate Bracks, mum of three and 2011 MasterChef winner to the blog today.  You can follow Kate on Facebook and her blog.

Kate Bracks Winner Masterchef 2011

Kelly: Kate, as a mum it would have been difficult to be separated from your husband and children. What helped you manage through the time apart?

Kate: It was definitely the most difficult part of my involvement. Regular skype calls (2 a week) and visits (every 2-3 weeks) and production breaks (there were 3) certainly helped.  Also my husband was incredibly encouraging…telling me they were all fine and I should just enjoy myself and make the most of it.

“My husband was incredibly encouraging…telling me they were all fine and I should just enjoy myself and make the most of it.”

Kelly: My children are much more interested in food since watching this season of MasterChef.  Has the food culture in Australia changed due to the success of MasterChef, and how can this be a beneficial thing for children and adults alike?

Kate: I do think there was a noticeable shift in Australia’s food culture after the first season aired, and I think it’s just strengthened with each subsequent season.  I think that in particular this season saw a lot more children engage with the show and consequently with food.  I think it’s a great thing.  We all need to be connected with where our food comes from and take part in its preparation…plus it can be such a source of joy!

“We all need to be connected with where our food comes from and take part in its preparation…plus it can be such a source of joy!”

Kelly: You’ve inspired me to think of preparing food, not just as a chore, but as something that can add value to family life. How do you use food to nurture an emotional wellbeing in your family?

Kate: One of the greatest everyday joys in life is seeing the faces of people when you place food in front of them that they can’t wait to get stuck into. The moment may be brief but the joy of that lasts much longer.  It’s just one way in which we can show love.  And as a mum there are plenty of times too, when my food is not always greeted with wild enthusiasm (particularly if there are lots of vegetables involved) but I see that as an important time to teach our kids how to care for the bodies they’ve been given – they only get one!

Kelly: What is your favourite family dinner meal?

Kate: My personal favourite is spaghetti and meatballs – fun to eat, tasty and nutritious (with all the hidden vegies).  But my kids would say burritos. They ask for them all the time!!!

Kelly: How do you plan to balance the writing of your cookbook and family life?

Kate: Well, it’s a challenge!  Now that I’ve been home for 3 weeks, I’m finding my groove.  It’s a matter of giving each area (kids, housework, cookbook writing, recipe testing, appearances) a set amount of time and at the end of that, what is done is done.  At the end of the day, though, I am a wife and mum first so they will always be my priority.  But my big secret weapon is my amazing husband who does a lot of the school drop offs and pick-ups and does a lot of the housework at the moment too!!!

“At the end of the day, I am a wife and mum first so they will always be my priority.”

Kelly: What advice would you give mums who are keen to take a step in following their passion?

Kate: For other mums with passions I say, do it!  Life is short so make the most of the opportunities you have (and sometimes that means making the opportunities).  However, you need to be realistic too; being a wife and mum are important roles and should always come first.  And there are seasons in life when your situation will dictate what you are capable of.

“…being a wife and mum are important roles and should always come first.  And there are seasons in life when your situation will dictate what you are capable of.”

I will be trying Kate’s Lime, Sour Cream and Coconut Cake and I’ll post the recipe on the blog soon.

MasterChef LIVE 2011

MasterChef LIVE looks absolutely brilliant.  There’s a wonderful line up of guests. From cooking mains with Michael, hot dishes with Hayden, and sweets with Kate and Billy, this year’s line-up at MasterChef Livein October offers all MasterChef disciples a chance to ‘plate up’ with contestants.

Apart from the contestants, the star line-up for MasterChef Live 2011 also includes top chefs; Peter Gilmore, Peter Kuruvita, Kylie Kwong, Colin Fassnidge, Vincent Gadan, Greg Doyle, Alessandro Pavoni, Matt Kemp, Miguel Maestre, Dan Hong, Peter Doyle, Warren Turnbull, Tony Bilson, Luke Nguyen, Giovanni Pilu and Adriano Zumbo, as well as Junior MasterChef host, Anna Gare.

Below is a snapshot: 

masterChef LIVE 2011 stage

Junior MasterChef Workshop

There’s a Junior MasterChef workshop run by the guys at Kids Pantry and presented by the Sunday Telegraph. Kids Pantry will be teaching future foodies how to make scrumptious salads and delicious desserts.

MasterChef Live Kids Pantry workshop

Book Tickets

Check out the website for more details and ticket prices or book on Ticketek. It’s sure to be a memorable experience.

MasterChef LIVE 2011


* Giveaway now ended. Winners have been notified by email **

I’m giving away 2 double passes to MasterChef LIVE.  Be quick though; the giveaway is open only until Monday 12 September 2011. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment below.


  1. The giveaway is for tickets only. The event is in Sydney, Australia so transportation to and from event is the responsibility of the winners.
  2.  Winners will be drawn randomly and notified by email.
  3. Open to Australian residents only.
  4. If a reply email is not received within 48 hours, the prize will be redrawn.

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  • Reply
    September 9, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Oh I am totally jealous that you got to interview Kate! She is a friend of a friend and we were cheering for her right from the get go. Sooooooo exciting that she got through to the end and WON!!!! 🙂

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      September 9, 2011 at 8:19 am

      We were hoping she would win too! Isn’t she just lovely? Just as lovely “on screen” as she is “on television”

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    September 9, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I would love to win! Kate was my choice of winner and an inspiration to the mums out there so they know that dreams can come true.

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    Kate murphy
    September 9, 2011 at 8:25 am

    I love masterchef and I thought Kate was a very deserving winner! She’s talented and gracious, what more could you want!

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    Erin Thompson
    September 9, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I loved Kate, she’s my inspiration! I would love love love to go to masterchef live!!!! I have really started to enjoy cooking since watching masterchef this year..

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    September 9, 2011 at 11:44 am

    just looking & remembering the food she cooked is making me hungry! she deserved to win!! && i hope i can win one of those double passes 🙂

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    September 9, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Great interview! We love Kate too. What a wonderful generous prize, my kids love masterchef and it would be really thrilling for them to win something like this!

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    Elizabeth Giammona
    September 9, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I am pretty sure Kate would be a FUN MUM!. Imagine all the cool cooking tricks she can pass on to her kids. Bet they want her to re-create the ginger bread house…whilst she is there she can make me one too….I have full faith in her ability and am so happy she won Masterchef 2011.

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    Anthea Thomas
    September 9, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    How awesome to be able to interview Kate. She was the favourite in our household! I said from about the 5th week that I thought she would win, and was so excited when she did. My daughter Matilda (11) is Masterchef mad. She would make sure her homework and jobs were done early so that she would be ready to watch every episode. I would dearly love to be able to take her to Sydney for Masterchef LIVE as a big surprise. Thanks for this opportunity Kelly & I love your blogs xx Anthea

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    Donna Long
    September 9, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Hi Kel
    I love the photos of the girls and it was a great interview with kate
    Well done you are doing a great job both personally and professionally
    Love Donna
    Hi Nell
    Glad the kids enjoyed having a Mother who is so clever kepp up the good work luv
    Luv u Dad

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    Jo Butler
    September 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Oh, so disappointed to click on those links and find no blog yet, and facebook page is not by Kate. Boohoo. Love Kate though, and can’t wait to see more of her, especially her cookbook. I love her family priorities and her down to earthness (lol, is that a word?).

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    September 9, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Kate is a super mum! And a very deserving winner. I was stoked for her that she won! We love masterchef and it is definitely encouraging us to try new things!

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    September 9, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Great interview! Kate rocks. And ooh would love to win this!

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    September 9, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    What an excellent interview with Kate, she amazes me that she could do it with such young children, very inspiring. Will be buying her book. I would love to go to masterchef live, went last year and loved it. My daughter loved it too, decorating her own cupcake 🙂
    Btw I cooked enchilada soup the orherday, was yum!

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    Rebecca Smith
    September 10, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I’m so happy Kate won. As a mum of 3, it was so satisfying seeing another mum show her kids that dreams do come true and that nothing is out of reach if you try your best.. I look forward to reading her cookbook and tasting some of her wonderful recipes! 😀

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    September 10, 2011 at 10:10 am

    So love Kate’s attitude. Her approach to food inspires me to get into the kitchen and cook with my daughter.

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    Marelle Jackman
    September 10, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Oh my two girls Mia and ELla cheered Kate on the whole way we love her!!
    To win these tickets would be an absolute dream come truexxxx

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    Marelle Jackman
    September 10, 2011 at 10:19 am

    OOOHHH my girls Mia and Ella cheered Kate all the way through we love her and that she is a Mama just like me!

    Such an inspiration Kate!!
    Would be a dream come true to win these tickets

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    Rebecca Wolfson
    September 10, 2011 at 11:28 am

    My husband owns a catering co and is a personal chef who has fallen on some really hard times. He works so hard for his family and to win something like this would give him a moment of just true stress free! Something for him not anyone else just for him <3

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    September 10, 2011 at 11:44 am

    I LOVE masterchef!! and Kate was great!!

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    September 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Hi think Kate is such an inspiration and very deserving winner. I can’t believe that she spent so many months away from her family….but in the end it was all worth it for her! Forget my toddler and her separation anxiety… I’d be the one with it!!!

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    September 11, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Mum says if I win these tickets, we can have a weekend away! I was allowed to watch every episode because I love to cook. I’m 6 years old, and havn’t missed an episode since @masterchef started. I love it and I am a good cook too.

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    Sharron Peacock
    September 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    My daughter Maddy LOVE to win these tickets!!!! YAY!!!!

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    Belinda L
    September 11, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Go Kate. It was so great to see Kate win Masterchef. Thanks for sharing your interview.

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    mia thomas
    September 11, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    My family really enjoyed watching Kate on Masterchef. Can’t wait til you pop up her cake recipe, yum. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your interview. I love hearing how other Mum’s balance their committments.

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    Rosalyn Manipis
    September 12, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    We love Kate she was so inspiring on Masterchef. It was a ritual for my son and I to watch the show and now he wants to be a chef!

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    Julie-Ann Biasi
    September 12, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Kate was my favourite from the very beginning! I was so excited when she won! My 7 year old is a uge fan of Masterchef and we would love to go Masterchef Live with him! Great interview by the way 🙂

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    September 12, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Gosh Kate is such an amazing, down to earth woman! Absolutly brilliant!

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    September 12, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Hope i am not too late. I am writing on behalf of my mother. She was super super fan – mum & my partner always watching and cheering Kate on. She would just flip if she got a chance to see Masterchef live! Just have to be careful she doesnt give you her 2c recipe mix while the show is on hehehe : )

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    September 12, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    I loved the interview. Well done Kate, a much deserving winner and inspiration to us all!

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