Adam Liaw

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Adam Liaw
Adam Liaw.jpg
Born (1978-09-08) 8 September 1978 (age 35)
Penang, Malaysia
Residence Glenunga, South Australia
Nationality Australian
Education Bachelor of Science (Pharmacology),
Bachelor of Law
Alma mater University of Adelaide
Occupation Lawyer
Known for Television chef
Title Winner, MasterChef Australia, Season 2
Predecessor Julie Goodwin
Successor Kate Bracks
Partner(s) Asami Fujitsuka
Website
adamliaw.com

Adam Liaw (born 8 September 1978) is an Australian lawyer and television chef. He was the winner of the second series of MasterChef Australia, defeating student Callum Hann in the final.[1]

Early life[edit]

Liaw is the son of a Malaysian-born Chinese father, Dr Siaw-Lin Liaw,[2] and a Singaporean-born English mother, Dr Joyce Hill AM.[3] He is the second of three children, with an older brother Aron, and younger sister Amber Dawn. After his parents divorced and his mother moved to New Zealand, Liaw lived with his paternal grandmother Kwei-Eng Chew, whom he credits with a huge influence on his cooking and his life.[4]

Liaw completed Year 11 at Prince Alfred College at age 14 and enrolled in university at 16. He graduated with a double degree in Science and Law from the University of Adelaide at 21.[5]

After graduation Liaw was employed by Kelly & Co Lawyers in Adelaide where he worked in technology, commercial / corporate law, business advisory and international trade. He was also a committee member, legal adviser and secretary of the Hong Kong Australia Business Association,[6] assisting South Australian companies to expand their business into Hong Kong and mainland China.[7]

In 2004 Liaw moved to Japan where he worked in media law for The Walt Disney Company.[8]

MasterChef[edit]

On 29 September 2009 Liaw announced via Twitter that he was considering auditioning for MasterChef.[9] In April 2010 he was announced as one of the top 24 finalists in MasterChef Australia, Season 2.[10] Despite winning a challenge cooking the dishes of celebrity chefs, Liaw doubted he had sufficient technique to win the title.[11]

On 22 July 2010 Liaw was the first challenger awarded a place in the grand finale.[12]

On Sunday, 25 July 2010 he was announced the winner of MasterChef Australia, Season 2, defeating Callum Hann 89–82 for the title.[1][13]

Aside from his winner's book deal, Liaw is considering other business opportunities, including an izakaya restaurant with Tokyo-based Australian chef and friend Matthew Crabbe.[14] On 17 September 2010 it was confirmed that Liaw and Crabbe would be joined by a third business partner, Nathan Smith.

Book[edit]

As the winner of MasterChef Season 2, Liaw was given the opportunity to write his own cookbook. The book is called Two Asian Kitchens (ISBN 9781864711356), and was published by Random House Australia in April 2011. Split into two main sections - the Old Kitchen and the New Kitchen - Liaw explores recipes that he has grown up with, along with new creations.[15] The book has received positive reviews in the Australian media.[16][17][18]

Television[edit]

On 14 March 2012 it was announced that Liaw had landed his own travel/food TV show, Destination Flavour, expected to air on the SBS network in late 2012.[19] The series will be co-hosted by Renee Lim and Lily Serna. Destination Flavour is the reason Adam had to miss MasterChef Australia All-Stars.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Adam Liaw wins MasterChef Australia". The Spy Report (Media Spy). 25 July 2010. Archived from the original on 28 July 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Siaw Lin Liaw". ahpra.gov.au. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Queen's honours for orphanage founder". abc.net.au. 8 June 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Adam Liaw wins MasterChef Australia". masterchef.com.au. 26 July 2010. Archived from the original on 27 July 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Adam Liaw". masterchef.com.au. Archived from the original on 17 July 2010. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Hong Kong Forum". hkfederation.org.hk. 2004. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Adam Liaw". zoominfo.com. 23 November 2004. Archived from the original on 22 July 2010. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  8. ^ Marcus, Caroline; McWhirter, Fiona (4 July 2010). "Made-over Marion a hot favourite for Masterchef title". adelaidenow.com.au. Archived from the original on 8 July 2010. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  9. ^ Liaw, Adam (29 September 2009). "Twitter post". twitter.com. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Top 24 MasterChef contestants". onfood.com.au. 27 April 2010. Archived from the original on 14 July 2010. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "I can't win, says MasterChef's Adam Liaw". news.com.au. 9 June 2010. Archived from the original on 14 June 2010. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  12. ^ Leo, Jessica (22 July 2010). "Callum, Adam take South Australia into MasterChef finals". adelaidenow.com.au. Archived from the original on 25 July 2010. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  13. ^ Idato, Michael (25 July 2010). "Adam wins MasterChef". smh.com.au. Archived from the original on 28 July 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  14. ^ "Adam Liaw beats Callum Hann in hot MasterChef do-or-die final". news.com.au. 26 July 2010. Archived from the original on 27 July 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  15. ^ Adam Liaw (April 2011). "Two Asian Kitchens". Random House Australia. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  16. ^ John Lethlean (5 March 2011). "MasterChef winner cooks up some folk Liaw". The Australian. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  17. ^ Helen Greenwood (12 April 2011). "He's a Liaw unto himself". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  18. ^ Peter Wilmoth (13 May 2011). "MasterChef to Mr Chef". The Weekly Review. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  19. ^ "MasterChef Australia's 2010 winner Adam Liaw finally has own TV show Destination Flavour on SBS". dailytelegraph.com.au. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 

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Preceded by
Julie Goodwin
MasterChef Australia
Winner

2010
Succeeded by
Kate Bracks