Melissa and James

Melissa and James

Southern Surfies from Dunedin

Melissa and James met in Byron Bay 11 years ago and have two children – Sienna, 7 and Sunny, 4. Melissa was born in Melbourne and is from a large Italian family. Her father inspired her love of cooking and she uses recipes that have been passed down through the family for generations. While James, 34, is the perfectionist of the pair, they are both passionate about the planning that goes into creating the ideal dinner party for friends.

James and Melissa have travelled extensively and were in Bali in 2005 when the bomb attacks occurred. It was an experience that brought them even closer together and they returned there to marry in 2012. James is a builder by trade and 37 year-old Melissa works in real estate and also makes children’s toys.

Number one cooking tip:
Be creative

The Great Food Race Motto:
Just Do It

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