Nurse swaps hospital scrubs for cooking apron

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Epworth Richmond theatre nurse Eliza Wilson’s star turn on MasterChef Australia is no surprise to colleagues who have long been the beneficiary of her culinary talents.

Acting Director Perioperative Services Pauline Fogarty remembers an afternoon tea which shined a light on Ms Wilson’s extra talent.

“Everyone arrived with the usual last-minute, shop-bought packet of biscuits, but not Eliza. She brought the most magnificent plate of macarons. As her manager, I felt guilty as I thought she had bought the macarons.

“They were perfect, and when we heard that she made them, we realised Eliza had this incredible skill,” said Ms Fogarty.

It was the beginning of a cottage industry for Ms Wilson, who became a regular contributor to staff functions, as well as being invited to cater parties and special dinners.

For her own 30th birthday last year, she invited friends and family to sample the menu from her catering venture ‘Grazing Table’.

“To say it was magnificent doesn’t begin to describe the quality and the presentation of the food she had prepared. It was simply amazing,” said Ms Fogarty

“I was very excited when I found out she had been accepted to MasterChef. The hardest thing was to keep this to myself when people asked why Eliza wasn’t at work. But now that it is out in the open, we are all cheering her along.

“The whole team in theatre is backing Eliza. In fact, the whole of Epworth is. Even people who were not fans of the program in the past are now glued to the TV and it’s become a main topic of conversation,” said Ms Fogarty.

Ms Wilson is appearing in the current season of MasterChef.

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