Model, chef and mom

Model, chef and mom


It is definitely not as glamorous to cook in the kitchen,” says Sarah Todd with a short laugh as Metrolife asks her to compare cooking and modelling.

Though TV viewers would recognise her as a contestant from MasterChef Australia Season 6, the 27-year-old has also walked the ramp for names like Gucci and David Jones. 

During her trip to India, she made it a point to visit the Taj Mahal but has been busy cooking at various venues across the city and it doesn’t come as a surprise when she says, “In Delhi, I have seen a lot of restaurants!”  

“It is my first trip to India, but I am aware of the culture and the food of this country,” says Todd whose partner is an Indian and the two have a son Phoenix. “When I met Devinder, I saw him in the kitchen throwing spices here and there and I used to ask ‘what are you doing’? I had never seen this kind of cooking before. For me it was amazing! Because I grew up in Australia and saw my family cooking like everyone does it here. But after meeting him, I leant to be experimental.”

When she stayed with his Indian partner’s family she felt welcomed. “Everyday in the house was about feeding me to make me happy,” she says gently, adding that it was only after living with an Indian family that “I fell in love with India. And since then have wanted to come here for a long time.” 

Now that she has fulfilled her dream, is India what she had expected it to be? “It’s definitely much more. I was hoping there would be a time when I come to India and everyone here has been very welcoming. So many amazing foods,” she says reminding Metrolife about her connection with gastronomy. Presently working at Saint Crispin restaurant in Melbourne, she says “A chef has to put in 10-16 hours in a day. It is definitely a big game, but I am growing up since my mum taught me to be a hard worker.”

“I have been modelling for 10 years now and am very active in life. The moment I developed a passion for cooking I thought it’s the true calling for me. I entered the competition to prove to myself that I could do it. My life at modelling hasn’t been any better. There, someone else judges you for what you are or what you look like. I thought I should be better at this. I wanted to prove there’s more behind the pretty side to me and you know what, I can do this!”

She feels blessed to have got the opportunity to travel around the world and is experimenting with food. But at heart she remains a mother and mentions in between the conversation: “You know my little boy Phoenix, one of his favourite dishes is paranthas stuffed with cauliflower and potatoes. He loves having that for breakfast.” 

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