'We are in for a real treat': New MasterChef judges finally revealed

Lawrence Kim
October 10, 2019

"Melissa's diverse palate and incredible food knowledge will test our contestants in every way, and Andy brings with him a wealth of experience as a MasterChef Australia victor who's become one of Australia's hottest chefs". Both Leong and Zonfrillo have appeared as guest judges on the show before, so this isn't a completely random choice.

Network Ten's chief content officer, Beverley McGarvey, said in a statement she was thrilled to welcome three new judges to the long-running cooking show.

Just months after George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston announced their shock departures from MasterChef, a whole new judging line-up has been confirmed - and the show has promised viewers they're in for a "real treat".

In the time since, the 31-year-old has continued to ride the wave of success, launching his own restaurant Three Blue Ducks in Sydney along with creating food-based travel vlogs.

MasterChef judges Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston.

There was speculation that household names including Maggie Beer, Curtis Stone or Poh Ling Yeow might be cast as the new judges, but instead Channel 10 has chosen a trio of relative unknowns. "It's a privilege to be asked, and I can't wait to get in the kitchen with Melissa and Andy to uncover Australia's next Masterchef". She is a writer and broadcaster who has hosted a cooking show on SBS.

Channel 10 has finally revealed who the new MasterChef judges are and it's likely you've never heard of them. "It came as a huge surprise for me, and is without a doubt the opportunity of a lifetime", she said. "I am really looking forward to getting stuck in!" Ten loves all-stars. Anyway, contestants from the past 11 seasons will return to the Masterchef kitchen to compete for the coveted title.

"Jock's culinary resume across Australia and the United Kingdom puts him in the very elite of contemporary chefs", Endemol Shine Australia CEO Carl Fennessy said.

While Andy Allen is the owner of popular Sydney eatery Three Blue Ducks - he was also the victor of season four of MasterChef Australia.

"I entered this competition as a contestant in 2012, somehow I won it, and then I went out into the big, bad wide world of hospitality".

Meanwhile, Allen wrote: "This is really humbling and has come full circle for me".

"I'm stoked because it means that I've done the hard work to be here".

The first female judge on MasterChef Australia, Leong, is a first-generation Singaporean Australian.

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