Alvin Quah from ‘MasterChef’ Australia Season 2 is known for his animated, witty and approachable demeanor, he is on a mission to increase awareness for Malaysian Cuisine.
Born in Kuala Lumpur with Chinese Malaysian Heritage, Alvin speaks fluent Cantonese and Hokkien. Since a young age he has been passionate about his culture’s food. A fascination that today, still fuels his ultimate food dream to make Malaysian cuisine as renowned as is Chinese or Thai.
In 1994 Alvin moved from Malaysia to Melbourne to complete his PhD in Science. During his career he has completed a Biochemistry degree (Bachelors of Science), Cell biology and biochemistry of diabetic retinopathy (PhD), Proteomics in motor neuron disease (post doctorate). He also has basic knowledge in genetics, molecular biology, microbiology and cellular physiology.
Exposed to a rush of Western culture and cuisine, Alvin, true to his science background and with his naturally inquisitive nature, was inspired to see how the two cuisines could be infused in a way that both traditions were respected.
After finishing as a finalist and favourite of ‘MasterChef Australia’ series two in 2010, Alvin became the ambassador for Asian food giant Ayam, working with them to develop recipes and spread the word about Asian cuisine. He has also worked on campaigns such as ‘Malaysian Kitchen’, Chinese New Year festivities and at prestigious food events like Good Food Show both in Australia and Internationally. In 2015, Alvin returned to our screens hosting 7two’s ‘Malaysian Kitchen’.