Behind his heartwarming smile is a touching story of identity and family that has shaped the chef and person he is today. Khanh spent the first two years of his life in an immigration camp in Indonesia, before moving to Australia with his family in the s. Growing up in a Vietnamese household, food was always a big part of his life and he learned how to make traditional Vietnamese food from his mum Dzung. In an interview with TV Week magazine back in , Khanh spoke about his identity struggles while growing up. No-one grows up choosing to be an outcast or picked on — it just happens.
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Picture: Lauren Bamford. While it's full of delicious recipes, it's also full of unbridled joy. There are dating tips, ideas to mend broken hearts, stories about his refugee beginnings, frank discussions about his sexuality, professions of love for his family and friends. He was back to win this season, alongside the cream of MasterChef alumni. And in Ong realised it wasn't about giving the judges what they wanted - it was about being true to himself. Ong says a lot of this goes back to being a refugee. He was born in an Indonesian refugee camp and came to Australia in the s with his parents Tam and Dzung. The family opened a butcher shop in Melbourne and their story is typical of the hard-working refugee family hoping to make a better life for their children. But he says about halfway through this series it struck him that he had to celebrate his heritage more. Picture: Supplied.
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Australian Women's Weekly. Vietnamese culture has played a key role in many of Khanh Ong's impressive MasterChef Australia dishes. But the DJ from Victoria says his heritage hasn't always been a positive influence, particularly when he was growing up. After spending the first two years of his life in an Indonesian refugee camp, Khanh's family eventually settled in Australia. Torn between two cultural identities, he says he struggled to fit in. The DJ found the passing of the marriage-equality bill a particularly poignant moment in his search for acceptance. Cheering Khanh on at home are his family and friends, including former Neighbours star Olympia Valance. Then, one day she was like, 'I love your music', and I said, 'Well, I love you! Olympia isn't the only member of the Valance family following Khanh's MasterChef experience. Her mother, Tania, has been proudly collecting news clippings.
What do you guys have in your rice paper rolls? As you guys know from my stories, our household smashes rice paper rolls 3 - 4 times a week during iso. I had heaps of questions about rolling them so up on my youtube channel is how I do rice paper rolls. Very easy so hit the link in my bio to have a look and remember to subscribe My favourite filling is prawn and pork! You asked and we are delivering, literally. So if your friends live from Portsea to Frankston tag them! Swipe across to see if you fall into our delivery zone! Hit the link in my bio to order from our delicious menu for next Thursday! Craving my Dutch baby pancake from a few weeks ago. The secret is making sure the pan is hot AF which seals the batter once it hits before popping it into the oven.