Georgia Barnes is a home-cook, nutritionist and food stylist. Determined to inspire everyday people to cook from scratch and to see the beauty in real food, the 30 year old personality kick started her career in the food and entertainment industry after placing runner-up on MasterChef Australia in 2015. Known throughout the series for her creative-flair, delicious desserts and plating skills, Georgia’s warm and bubbly persona made her a household favourite.
Growing up with her grandmother as her role model in the kitchen, home-cooking has always been an integral part of Georgia’s life. From an early age she spent hours at the kitchen bench, two phone books underfoot, creating her own masterpieces or helping out at any opportunity. Born and bred in the bayside suburbs of Brisbane, Georgia spent quality time with her family fishing, gardening and learning about the holistic origin of food. This childhood fascination inspired her to complete a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition, which led to a career in the health and wellness industry, both as a nutritionist and as a sales and marketing professional. It was here that she began writing recipes and conducting workshops to support her client’s needs.
Since her television debut, she’s gained a wealth of experience and is fortunate to wear many hats. Georgia has been a contributor for Taste.com.au since late 2015, writing recipes for both the magazine and website. Passionate about instilling kitchen-confidence and imparting her knowledge, Georgia hosts interactive cooking classes and demonstrations, teaching people of all ages simple methods for creating contemporary dishes. She has recently partnered with The Kitchens at Robina on the Gold Coast, running monthly workshops. Her presenting style emphasises the importance of sourcing quality ingredients and of course, how to make the dish look as good as it tastes with plating and presentation techniques!
In 2018, Georgia expanded her skillset to incorporate food styling. Learning from some of Australia’s leading stylists, this was an organic progression and a complimentary advancement to her creative pursuits in recipe development and food photography. Georgia loves connecting with producers, artisans and restaurateurs to produce captivating digital imagery.
Collaborating with a number of leading brands and organisations including IKEA, Cadbury, Coles, NAB, Westfield, Angostura House of Bitters, Queen Vanilla and Endeavour College of Natural Health, Georgia has also been an ambassador for Australia Day Queensland since 2016. She has travelled the country presenting onstage at some of Australia’s most reputable foodie events and television viewers may have spotted her cooking on The Morning Show, Studio 10, Ben’s Menu, Toasted TV or as a guest co-host on Couch Time. With impeccable culinary skills, a ‘fresh is best’ mentality and a natural talent for making basic look beautiful, Georgia’s food philosophy is focused around balance and beauty.