Andre Ursini's goal of opening his own restaurant wasn't realised overnight. After his appearance on the very first season of MasterChef Australia, "it took about a year" to get Andre's Cucina and Polenta Bar off the ground.
Now, six and a half years later, Andre's restaurant is booming. He attributes this to his dedication to "generosity, quality and experience".
For Andre and his team, food is "more about a philosophy" than business. "If you come [into the restaurant] hungry, we will keep feeding you until you roll out," he laughs.
MasterChef not only beamed a spotlight upon Andre but it also taught him valuable skills, such as the value of quality produce and most importantly, the connection between success and passion.
"I've given it a red hot crack and it worked."
Andre's fast-growing culinary empire will soon expand to the Adelaide Hills and next year, a new restaurant.
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