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Alice Zaslavsky will always be a teacher; as a fourth-generation educator, it’s in her DNA.
But these days, her classroom goes far beyond four walls and a white-board. With her bubbly personality and boundless enthusiasm, she has taken her passion for learning, for food and, above all, for living life with gusto, to kids and grown-ups alike.
Alice’s ultimate mission is to use food to engage and excite the next generation of eaters, turning them into curious cooks and even curiouser individuals. As host of the popular children’s game-show ‘Kitchen Whiz’, traversing the country to compere, explore and cook, and with a Young-Adult reference book about gastronomy on the way, you could say she’s making this mission quite possible.
Born in Georgia, a small country flanked by Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Armenia, Alice’s love of food was influenced by regular feasts around the family table and weekend trips to her grandfather’s Dacha. After migrating to Australia at age 7, she spent much of her youth engrossed in the cuisines and cultures of different and distant lands as she traveled the world with her academic parents.
This sparked a keen interest in adventure, which she has continued to cultivate; notching up a trek to Everest Base-Camp, reaching the Arctic Circle, walking over hot coals, and going deep-sea fishing with sharks on the Great Barrier Reef. For her, life is all about saying “yes” and being constantly inspired by new challenges.
It was for this reason, that when auditions came up for ‘MasterChef’, Alice made the difficult decision to put her career as Deputy Head of Humanities & Middle School English Teacher on hold, so as to allow her to explore the world of food and her place in it. Her excitable personality, quirky sense of humor and fun-loving nature, saw her become a favourite of the series.
The transition from contest to culinary career can only be described, in typical Alice-fashion, as "epic prawnage" - and it's only the beginning.
Follow Alice's journey @ www.alicez.com.au
|Using Thermomix since:||2010|
|What Thermomix ® version do you have?:||Thermomix ® TM 31|
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