Master chef, 2009 by Andrew Sheargold

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Artist's statement

While 3.7 million viewers tuned in to watch the final episode of a television show about cooking, the reality for John Campbell, an award winning apprentice chef from Canberra is far from glamorous. Stuck between a housing affordability crisis and low apprentice wages, John is forced to live in Havelock House, a community housing complex that provides emergency accommodation for those in need. This image represents an increasing reality of modern life in Australia's big cities.