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Adam Liaw

Adam Liaw

"I think people genuinely have a pretty high skill level when it comes to cooking."

Adam Liaw is widely regarded as one of the best cooks in Australia. Some may have learned his name as he competed in – and eventually won – the second season of MasterChef  Australia, but Adam has a rich history of cooking, television presenting, and authoring his own books. 

He wrote and hosted  both Destination Flavour and The Cook Up with Adam Liaw, and has made a name for himself across the country for his work, his sparkling personality and style on social media, and his ambassador roles. 

As the winner of MasterChef Australia, he was offered the chance to write his own cookbook. That’s how he came to create his first release, Two Asian Kitchens. Since then, Adam has shared more of his incredible recipes with us, publishing Tonight’s Dinner, Tonight’s Dinner 2, Adam’s Big Pot, Adam Liaw’s Asian Cookery School, and 7 Days of Dinner


Meet Adam Liaw

Adam Liaw was born in Penang, Malaysia in 1978 to a Malaysian Chinese father and a Singaporean-born English mother. At just 3 years of age, his family moved to Adelaide. However, when his parents divorced and his mother moved away, Adam lived with his paternal grandmother, who he says played a huge role in shaping both his life and his approach to cooking. 

Adam’s schooling doesn’t exactly reflect his current career. He graduated from the University of Adelaide with a double degree in Science and Law, then went on to work for a law firm in Adelaide. In his 20s, he even moved to Japan and worked in media law, where he met his future wife, Asami. 

However, he wanted to branch out, so he got started in food media. He got into social media, building foodie followings across Facebooks, Instagram, X (formerly Twitter), and YouTube. He is one of Australia’s top food personalities, so when he announced on social media that he was considering auditioning for MasterChef Australia, he already had a large fanbase. 

Since winning the television show, Adam has gone from strength to strength, hosting his own shows, becoming a UNICEF ambassador for nutrition, and starting his own podcast.