MasterChef judges revealed by Ten

George Calombaris Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston were axed earlier this year

George Calombaris Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston were axed earlier this year

Leong is a food and travel writer and presenter while season four victor Allen is now co-owner of the Three Blue Ducks and is head chef of their Rosebery restaurant, which went on to be awarded a Chef's Hat, making him the first MasterChef contestant to achieve the feat. Both Leong and Zonfrillo have appeared as guest judges on the show before, so this isn't a completely random choice. His Adelaide fine diner Orana was named restaurant of the year in The Good Food Guide 2019.

The network announced today that Jock Zonfrillo, Melissa Leong and Andy Allen will replace George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston for the show's 12th season which will air next year.

The upcoming season will see the best contestants from the past 11 seasons return to the kitchen to compete in MasterChef Australia: Back To Win which will be filmed in Melbourne early next year.

Masterchef Australia has locked in its three new judges for 2020, re: the OG three Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan, and the wage thief's exit after 11 seasons.

Network 10 chief content officer Beverley McGarvey said: "In a nation obsessed with food, we are thrilled to welcome Jock, Melissa and Andy as judges to MasterChef Australia".

Preston, Mehigan and Colombaris had been the faces of MasterChef since it first burst onto Australian television screens in 2009. "There hasn't been a season yet where I haven't been surprised by just how talented some of the undiscovered cooks are, so much so that many of them have worked in my kitchen over the years".

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"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".

"Despite months of negotiation, 10 has not been able to reach a commercial agreement that was satisfactory to Matt, Gary and George", Network Ten chief executive Paul Anderson said in July.

All three of the new judges took to their personal social media accounts to share the happy news. We couldn't agree on the term of the new contract for 2020.

"To explain: "It was time to move on, have more free time to explore our own creativity" It was never about the money and never will be about the money".

"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.

The view was echoed by fellow judge Matt Preston who said the decision was made "with a heavy heart".

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