It’s hard to believe that Marion Grasby only finished in ninth place on the second season of MasterChef Australia.
The Thai-Australian cook has gone on to become one of the reality show’s most successful contestants, releasing three cookbooks, hosting multiple TV shows, and launching her hugely successful food company, Marion’s Kitchen.
Marion, who has partnered with Australian Lamb on their ‘Say More With Lamb’ campaign this spring, tells Yahoo Lifestyle she feels “so incredibly proud” of what she has achieved over the past 13 years.
“It's so satisfying to know that it started with a very small and humble spark, which was I wanted to bring my mum's beautiful Thai recipes and flavours to as many people as possible,” she says.
“And so to know that that's really resonated with people in Australia and we've been in people's lives for so long, for more than a decade, is really amazing and something that I'm forever grateful for and feel very humbled by.”
Following the success of Marion’s Kitchen, Marion recently launched her new business venture CookDineHost, which she describes as “the marketplace for everything you need to eat, drink and be”.
The website features a collection of must-have homewares, kitchenware, cookbooks and even furniture for fellow foodies.
“I love making these things and sharing them, and having an online community is a beautiful thing because you get that immediate feedback,” she shares. “You know what people are loving, you know how it's affected them or the way they cook, all those sorts of things. So it's very satisfying and I'm very grateful.”
Why Marion won't return to reality TV
While she made a number of television appearances in the early stages of her career, including a brief stint on Celebrity Apprentice which she reveals she only did because she wanted to meet David Hasselhoff, Marion admits she has no desire to return to the silver screen anytime soon.
“I think in my world, our team is so laser-focused on making the amazing digital content that we do,” she explains. “We have 45 million eyeballs a month just on the digital content that we do through our YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and website.
“TV I guess was something that I did before, [but] it’s not something that I'm passionate about now. If I was still passionate about it, of course, I would jump on the chance, but it's just not even on my radar. I don't have a TV in my living room, I don't actually watch any TV!”
She adds that despite being one of the most successful and recognisable faces to come from the MasterChef franchise worldwide, fans shouldn’t expect her to become a judge on the reality show anytime soon.
“Even though I don't have a TV, I have seen snippets of the new judges and I'm in love with all of them,” she remarks. “I think they do an amazing job and I’m such a massive fan of Mel [Leong], so I wouldn’t be as good for sure.
“I’m a digital girl, I don’t think I’d be able to handle the TV pressure.”
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