Malarie is of the Dhungutti and Barkinji people. Dhungutti is situated in Kemspey NSW & Barkinji is red country, Wilcannia.
Malarie respects her Indigenous heritage and culture, Malarie’s grandmother was taken to Kootamundra Women’s Home during the stolen generation which meant many of the cultural traditions and her tribe’s language were not passed down to her.
Malarie decided to take part in the National Indigenous Culinary for a career change after spending six years working in community services. She wants to cook, be a good role model and a positive representative of Indigenous people.
Barry McDonald is Malarie’s NICI Culinary Guardian and in 5-10 years she sees herself cooking, travelling and teaching cooking.