MasterChef's Robbie spills on post-show plans with Declan: 'So much fun'

EXCLUSIVE: The fan favourite contestant opens up about his future projects.

He might’ve been sent home during Sunday night’s elimination challenge, but MasterChef Australia fan favourite Robbie Cooper has plenty of exciting plans for life after the show.

The 65-year-old youth support worker, who affectionately became known as 'Uncle Robbie' in the MasterChef kitchen, tells Yahoo Lifestyle there are quite a few things he hopes to achieve with his newfound platform.

 MasterChef’s Robbie Cooper.
MasterChef’s Robbie Cooper has opened up about his time on the show. Photo: Channel 10

“All my friends are asking me about doing a cookbook, so that's one of the things that I’ve been looking at,” he shares.

“Having a Malaysian background and being Aboriginal and cooking Asian food, I’ve been looking at making different sauces and hopefully travelling, because I’ve got family right across Australia that I'd love to visit and do different cooking with. So there are lots of things we're looking at doing, my wife and I.”


One of his biggest goals is to film a cooking show with fellow season 15 contestant, 24-year-old carpenter Declan Cleary, who he jokingly refers to as his “new son”.

The pair lived together throughout the show and quickly became inseparable, cooking together every night and encouraging each other when they needed it.

“Him and I, we have a bond that’ll last a lifetime,” Robbie remarks. “The love we’ve got for each other is really strong and we bounce off each other which is really good.

“I just can't believe how many people in different countries are wishing that Dec and I do a cooking show, it’s amazing. He’s so much fun to work with and I think it would make a really good TV show - the old man and the young boy. It would be great!”

MasterChef’s Robbie Cooper and Declan Cleary hugging.
Robbie and Declan formed a close friendship on the show. Photo: Channel 10

Making history

Not only was Robbie the only contestant hailing from the Northern Territory this season, but he’s also the oldest person to compete on the reality show since it began in 2009.

The proud Iwaidja man explains that he was approached to do the show rather than applying himself, and decided to participate to push himself and see what he was capable of.

“I was a bit worried about it at first because I was pretty busy with work, but then my wife said, ‘Just go and make everyone proud’,” he details.


“I thought it was a good opportunity for me to get my head on a show like this, and the most important thing was showing my people around the country that if you set your mind to something you can reach your dreams.”

He adds that he hopes he’s inspired other people around his age to know that it’s never too late to achieve your goals.

“You’ve just got to put your mind to it,” he says. “I reckon there’d be so many home cooks out there who would be thinking, ‘I’m too old to do this’. But at the end of the day, if you put your mind to it you can go out there.

“There are so many great cooks out there that are hidden that people don't know about and if they open up they can just show the world how good home cooks are.”

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