MasterChef's Callan Smith opens up about his acting ambitions

If his culinary dreams don't work out, MasterChef's youngest competitor has a surprising backup plan.

If a career in food doesn’t work out after MasterChef Australia, teenager Callan Smith has another goal.
Callan, 18, tells TV WEEK he would like to apply to prestigious acting schools including the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Past graduates of the two acting schools include Hugh Jackman, Jai Courtney, Cate Blanchett and Miranda Otto.
“I want to go in to producing and directing and stage managing – so more behind the scenes stuff,” Callan says.
The Sydney student graduated from a performing arts high school last year and focused on musical theatre in his final year of studies.
“Food and theatre are my passions,” Callan says.

A standout cook from the start, Callan also reveals he did have a few hesitations about being the youngest in the cooking contest.
“I thought it would be quite challenging,” he admits.
“Once I got my apron I was contemplating how hard it would be, but it’s actually been really good.”
A lover of weird, wacky and wonderful ways to cook, Callan has earned the nick-name named “Mini Heston”.
With a strong focus on sweets, Callan has impressed the judges with some of his more unusual flavour combinations - and it's clear the young aspiring chef is one to watch in the competition.
While it hasn’t been without it’s challenges, Callan is enjoying every second of his time on MasterChef.
“I want to be able to get up each day and enjoy what I do. Being a part of MasterChef will help me do this and lead me on a path of eventually opening a theatrical dining restaurant.”