Diana Chan is a 31 year-old accountant by profession who grew up in Johor Bahru, Malaysia and moved to Melbourne, Australia to pursue her tertiary education at the age of 19. Diana loved cooking from a very young age and she learnt a lot through both her parents, but it was only when she moved to Melbourne that her interest grew as she discovered the farmers’ markets that supplied plenty of fresh and local produce from around Australia. She developed her own cooking style, which combined some of the hallmarks of her parents’ styles – her mother’s fresh, herb-driven approach and her father’s love of seafood.
Diana decided that after 4 years of working in Deloitte, she wanted to pursue her passion of making a career out of food and went on to compete in MasterChef Australia’s 9th season. A decision which has changed her life and cemented her determination to embrace food as much as possible. Diana became the seasons’ champion and has an army of fans who love her style, passion and honesty.
Diana’s popularity and poise on MasterChef Australia has sparked interest in some fantastic Ambassadorship and Sponsorship roles both in Australia and Malaysia. She is an ambassador for Makmur Enterprises and her new range of frozen dumplings hit the shelves in Woolworths and Coles supermarket. Diana is a Delicious Magazine contributor and writes for the Domain Review every fortnight.
Diana started her own fresh casual concept, Chanteen. Serving Malaysian street food and all about scratch cooking using family recipes passed down through generations. Chanteen started as a pop up restaurant which ran for 6 months at HWKR in Melbourne CBD beginning February 2018. She has locked in some commercial deals partnering with The Good Food Month hosted by Fairfax Media, for the Night Noodle Markets held in Sydney in October 2018 and in Melbourne in November 2018. She is still planning on her expansion of Chanteen.
Diana is currently filming a new food and travel showcasing everything about Asian cuisine. Production is in the planning stages and more information will be revealed soon.
Diana has been involved in many public appearances including media appearances and interviews on TV, radio and print here in Australia and internationally. She has worked with major developers such as UEM Sunrise, EcoWorld International and Beulah International both in Australia and internationally.
Diana loves to travel and has worked on many engagements involving menu designs and cooking demonstrations overseas including India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. She is also set to work on creating a menu for the first ever Masterchef restaurant in Dubai launching in 2019.
Diana has partnered with A&E Network and Lifetime Asia on some video content in both Malaysia and Singapore filming video cooking tutorials with food brands such as Nestle and Lurpak as well as digital content for Singtel, DBS Bank and St Regis Hotel Group.
Diana works closely with a few nominated charities including Beyond Blue, Oz Harvest and Opportunity Australia through fundraising events to raise much needed funds. She was involved in the CEO Cook Off Event for Oz Harvest in 2018, where they raised over $2 million in one night providing 4 million meals to those in need. Her love for travel has been inspirational in her food style and she continues to be inspired every time she travels. Diana is currently researching recipes for a new cookbook.