King's Alumnus Makes her Mark on MasterChef


King’s talented alumnus from our Class of 2015, Grace Jupp (nee Payne), is currently making waves as a contestant on the latest series of MasterChef Australia. Grace's passion for food was ignited during countless hours spent in the kitchen with her mother (King’s Head of Primary) and her ‘Baba’ (Grandmother). Grace draws inspiration from her family's rich Croatian heritage and the way they express love through food. With her own modern twist, Grace aims to impress the judges by dishing up some delightful flavours from Croatia. In addition to her family's influence, Grace's husband, a former chef, has been a significant source of inspiration in her culinary journey. Together they have explored the world and been inspired by flavours from different cultures, and they now own and operate an olive oil company on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula. While Grace admits that olive oil, garlic, and potatoes are a few of her favourite ingredients, she considers her positive attitude to be the secret ingredient that complements her culinary skills. So far on MasterChef Grace has enjoyed plating up some incredible dishes and cooking alongside legendary chef Jamie Oliver.

Beyond her passion for cooking, Grace enjoys being out in nature, immersing herself in a good book and expressing her creativity through photography. Looking ahead to the future she envisions expanding the food offerings of her business and creating a ‘farm-to-plate’ experience. As Grace continues to compete on MasterChef, her skills, passion for Croatian flavours and indomitable spirit will undoubtedly captivate viewers and judges alike. Our King's community eagerly supports and celebrates Grace's journey as she chases her dreams and brings her unique talents to the forefront of Australia's culinary scene.