His work in the unit varied from VIP protection to counter-terrorism operations, and high-profile cases such as kidnappings or cases involving explosives.
“It was a job that required a lot of physical and mental endurance,” says Sashi, 39. “As a kid I was very active and loved adventure, so I was attracted towards that king of career parth of high-intensity and pressure."
Yet his time in the special tactics unit and his current role as a prison officer at Adelaide’s Women’s Prison has meant Sashi has always remained guarded.
“Because of my job, I don’t really speak to a lot to people,” explains Sashi. “I try to keep very hush-hush about what I’m doing because my job doesn’t allow me to talk about what I’m doing. I have to keep a lot of secrets.”
It has been in front of the MasterChef cameras that Sashi has blossomed. The self-described introvert and father-of-two has shared jokes with “my food idol” Gordon Ramsay, met and cooked for royalty and achieved a MasterChef first by winning not one, but two, immunity pins.
“To create history is not easy,” says Sashi, adding, “I’ve become very outspoken. I’m not shy anymore. I can stand in front of a camera and give interviews—it’s helped me a lot. I'm like an open book now."
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