Occupation: Prison Officer
Born in Singapore as the eldest of seven children, Sashi grew up with a strong sense of family and duty. Introduced to food at a young age through his mother’s café, Sashi’s strongest memories are of his aunties and mother cooking meals for the growing family.
Based in the Star Unit of the Singapore Police Force for nearly a decade, Sashi was highly trained, dealing in special tactics and rescue operations. Working in counter terrorism, kidnappings and high-profile protection in the riot police, it was a time in his life Sashi relished. He loved the adrenalin and high-paced lifestyle and enjoyed being both physically and mentally strong.
It is this strength and stamina he hopes to tap in the MasterChef Australia kitchen, taking with him the hopes of his wife Rabicca and two young sons Marcus and Ryan.
In 2011 Sashi left the police force to relocate to Australia. Following a stint with the Justice Department in Melbourne, he and his family moved to Adelaide, where he now works at a women’s prison.
Sashi says his love and commitment for food has grown since he moved to Australia as he aimed to replicate the Indian, Malaysian and Chinese cooking of his youth. Regularly checking YouTube and phoning his mother and aunts, he hopes that knowledge bank can take him all the way to the coveted trophy.
Outside of the kitchen Sashi loves to keep fit, stemming from his time as an elite officer. He participates in Tough Mudder competitions, adventure races and enjoys competing in marathons.
Sashi hopes MasterChef Australia will help kickstart his restaurant dream: a warm venue featuring authentic Malaysian food presented with local South Australian wines.