Born in Sudan to an Eritrean mother and South Sudanese father, Akuc is the eldest girl of 11 children. Akuc attended an Arabic school and now speaks five different languages. One of her greatest challenges was arriving in Australia as a teenager and having to attend school without knowing the language and how to read or write.

Her greatest influence is her mother, who fled Eritrea on foot, joined her husband’s tribe in Sudan without knowing the language, then brought her children up on her own with very little support.

Akuc studied commercial cookery at TAFE before beginning her apprenticeship at Spice Temple, where Neil Perry rated her among the best junior talents across all his kitchens. She finished her apprenticeship at Lochiel House in the Blue Mountains.

Akuc is working on her own range of hot chilli sauces and dreams of opening a home-style African restaurant where her mum, aunties and sisters would work and where people would feel happy as soon as they walked in. “I want to stay connected to the cooking traditions from Africa.”

Akuc recently appeared on Channel Ten’s ‘Masterchef The Professionals’. We are pleased to have her as a Personal Chef.

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It was terrific and appreciated by everyone. Thanks.

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Nigel Andrade (NSW)

It was fabulous, thank you. I can’t speak highly enough about the experience. Akuc’s food is so warm, and wholesome, and just so beautifully flavoured. Fernando loved it all – the relaxation of being at home, the amazing flavours, the chance to talk to Akuc about her cooking and a little about her life, plus the fact that we only had to wash up the wine glasses at the end of the day!

A great experience, thanks for organising it and again, thanks to Akuc for making Fernando’s 40th an experience to remember.

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Karen Gabbott (NSW)

The night was fantastic! Akuc is just an absolute joy and pleasure and she was genuinely so pleased to be there too. She posed for group pics at the table with us and chatted about the food plus her Master chef Professionals experience. The food just fantastic – couldn’t fault it at all!

Akuc and I live really close to each other so we will make every effort to keep in touch too.

The important thing was that it was my sister’s night and she summed everything up in one word ‘perfect’ and it was. It was a perfect evening.

Ellie thank you so much for bringing this service to us ‘ordinary’ folk. It made for an extraordinary and memorable evening.

I truly hope to use your service again and I have already highly recommended it to my friends. I think we are all still buzzing about it!

My sincere thanks again to you Ellie, Malin and Akuc plus our waiter Nick for a fabulous and memorable experience. It was perfect!!

Kylie (NSW)
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