Elena Duggan

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Elena Duggan
Elena Jo Duggan

(1983-06-01) 1 June 1983 (age 36)
OccupationTelevision Cook
TelevisionMy Market Kitchen
PredecessorBillie McKay
SuccessorDiana Chan
Eric Dedovic (m. 2018)
AwardsWinner of MasterChef Australia 2016

Elena Jo Duggan (born 1 June 1983) is an Australian cook. She is the winner of the 2016 series of MasterChef Australia.

Early life[edit]

Duggan was born in Cooroy, Queensland and attended Noosa District State High School.[1] She then attended the College of Fine Arts of the University of NSW where she was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts. She subsequently completed a postgraduate degree in teaching from the University of Sydney.[2] She went on to teach Visual Arts and was the head teacher of creative and performing arts at Galston High School in Sydney.[3]

MasterChef Australia[edit]

Duggan applied to enter MasterChef in 2015 but she was unsuccessful.[3] She applied again in 2016 and was accepted, having created an audition dish of fish and chips.[4] On 26 July 2016 she competed in the final against Matt Sinclair, ultimately creating a better dessert and winning the series by 86 points to 84.[5]

She returned in season 11 in 2019 as a guest mentor for green team at Noosa Surf Club for the Queensland Week's team challenge, where she revealed that she was pregnant, Matt was also the fellow mentor for the blue team.

My Market Kitchen[edit]

In 2019, Duggan became the host of My Market Kitchen, a national television show based at the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne, replacing series five Winner Emma Dean. Her co-presenter is series ten finalist Khanh Ong, who has replaced series five runner-up Lynton Tapp.


  1. ^ "MASTERCHEF: Taste of fame for our Elena". sunshinecoastdaily.com.au. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Elena Duggan - MasterChef Australia - Cake Bake & Sweets Show". cakebakeandsweets.com. 8 July 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b Roberts, Stacey (3 May 2016). "Ingredients to achieve". Hills Shire Times. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  4. ^ Ten, Network. "Ginger Beer Battered Fish and Chips". tenplay.com.au. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  5. ^ Styles, Aja (26 July 2016). "MasterChef winner Elena helped rival Matt over the finish line". smh.com.au. Retrieved 27 July 2016.

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