This week Masterchef announced the top 10 contestants, with Queanbeyan's Trent Harvey making the cut.
An electrician by day, Harvey decided to apply for the reality cooking competition – which now airs on WIN – on a whim.
"I've always been into food a little bit, just the last few years I did a lot of travel overseas, and that's where my interest really took off. I grew up on a farm and that's where it all started but since travelling it really got me into the cooking side of it a little bit more," he said.
"I actually did a cooking class that my partner bought me for my birthday, and we went there and somebody mentioned Masterchef applications. I got home and my partner Kristen – she's the one who pushed me to apply. I never really had thought of doing anything like that before, and it was sort of spur of the moment on the last day of applications so I applied."
Since being on the show, the sparkie has got to rub shoulders with foodie royalty, including Heston Blumenthal, Nigella Lawson, Maggie Beer and Marco Pierre White.
"Marco Pierre White at the start of the comp – he was a lot different to how I expected. I expected him to be really hard and strict in the kitchen but he was sort of a really soft, genuine guy and really down to earth," he said.
"He blew me away with his knowledge and skills and how he's generous enough to share all that with us so that was really good."
He nearly came undone last week during "Heston Week", bowing out in the first challenge. But he recovered in the elimination round to keep going in the competition.
"I was stoked to have made the top 10, so I was just sort of going in and going all out and seeing what I could do," he said.
"If I went home I would've gone home happy because top 10's sort of a massive achievement. I kind of felt like after that point every day is a bit of a bonus."
Having moved to Canberra in grade 11 and finishing his schooling at Erindale College, Trent and his partner now call Queanbeyan home – and they're hoping to put their mark on the local foodie scene.
"I'd always talked about opening a restaurant one day with my partner but to be honest I was planning on doing it a lot further down the track," he said.
"But now that this has happened, I'm gonna try and fast-track that a little bit more. I've been planning and thinking about what I want to do and the best way I can progress into a career in food. I still want to open my own place but it just might change a little bit the how and when. Maybe in the next couple of years."