This dish is so close to my heart. I was developing this dessert before MasterChef was even on the radar.  It captures some of my most treasured childhood flavours and memories - taking me back to days on the beach eating my favourite ice-cream bar that would melt faster then I could eat it. For me, it's the Queensland Summer on a plate. Bowen Mangoes, refreshing and cooling yoghurt, buttery macadamias and of course that summertime heat is represented by the addition of red chilli. This dessert not only resonates with who I am, but it took me through to the Grand Finale - it's definitely a winner!

Mango Sorbet:

  • 90 g sugar
  • 30 g glucose
  • 300 g mango puree
  • juice of 1 lemon

Vanilla Yoghurt Parfait:

  • 2 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, scraped
  • zest of 1/2 lemon

Macadamia and Chilli Praline:

  • 120 g caster sugar
  • 60 g macadamias, toasted
  • 1/2 long red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp salt flakes

Chilli Salt:

  • 1/2 long red chilli, diced
  • 30g sea salt flakes


  • mangoes, diced
  • micro coriander
  • nasturtium and marigold flowers
  1. Turn on ice cream machine to chill setting.
  2. For the mango sorbet, combine sugar with 90 ml water in a small saucepan and stir until sugar has melted. Add glucose and stir until dissolved. Mix in mango and lemon juice and chill over an ice bath. When cool, pour into ice cream machine and churn according to manufacturer’s instructions. Once churned, set aside in the freezer.
  3. For the yoghurt parfait, line an 18 cm x 18 cm shallow tray lined with plastic wrap. Place eggs and egg yolk in a medium bowl and set over a saucepan of simmering water. Whisk until pale and fluffy. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Gently fold in yoghurt, vanilla and lemon. Pour into prepared tin and place in freezer until almost set, about 40 minutes. When almost set, remove from freezer and mark widthways into 6 x 9cm x 6cm portions. Return to freezer to set.
  4. For the praline, place macadamia nuts on a paper lined tray. Place caster sugar in pan over medium heat and cook until golden brown. Pour over macadamias and sprinkle with chilli and salt. Allow to set.
  5. Process praline in food processor until fine crumb. Set aside.
  6. For the chilli salt, combine chillies and salt flakes in a food processor until fine.
  7. To serve, cut parfait into rectangles and place on plate. Add diced mango, chilli praline, micro coriander and sorbet. Top with flowers and sprinkle with chilli salt.