Daniel Lamble is one of the hopeful home cooks who’s aiming to cook his way right up to the final.
It’s a stiff competition, with powerhouse chefs like season one winner Julie Goodwin and global star Sarah Todd returning to the MasterChef Australia kitchen among the favourites, but Lamble thinks he has what it takes to win over the judges.
In a Q&A with The Latch, Lamble described himself as “fairly easy going” and said that he doesn’t like to “take life too seriously”, which will hopefully translate into being able to work well under the immense pressure of the MasterChef Australia kitchen!
Lamble said that his favourite food memory comes from his childhood.
“I remember camping near the beach and dad cooking up what we’d catch that day,” he recalled, adding: “I was always interested in cooking, but I remember having his chilli mudcrab and that was the first dish I asked him to teach me.”
“Nothing beats a good feed on the beach after a day of fishing,” he said.
Lamble said while it’s “really hard” to pick a favourite judge from Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo, Allen is his favourite, because he finds him “the most relatable” and enjoys his sense of humour.
Outside of the kitchen, Lamble works as a firefighter, a career he’s been in “for five years now”.
“I work with the best group of people and am very lucky that everyone at the Fire Service has been very supportive of me doing this,” he shared.
Lamble often prepares lunch and dinner for his coworkers, and credits his father for teaching him the foundations of cooking. Anything more advanced than that, he said, likely comes from YouTube videos and television cooking programs, like MasterChef.
Raised in Katherine, Lamble’s hobbies include “rugby, fishing and camping,” or, “anything that can be enjoyed with an ice-cold beer” and his partner of seven years, Kassie.
“I just love hanging out with the people I love and enjoying life,” he said.
In a world post-MasterChef, Lamble’s dream is to take to the open road with Kassie and their two dogs, Nala and Hades, and host pop-up restaurants in food trucks across Australia.