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Jock Zonfrillo, Melissa Leong and Andy Allen are your brand new MasterChef judges for 2020.

Well, our new MasterChef judges have landed.

Jock Zonfrillo, Melissa Leong and Andy Allen will be taking the reigns of the long-running Australian reality TV staple in 2020.

George Calombaris, Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan walked away from the franchise in July this year due to failed negotiations over money and ever since we’ve all been hanging off the rumour from Who that Maggie Beer, Curtis Stone and Poh Ling Yeow were taking over.

Plot freakin’ twist.

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No offence to Jock, Melissa or Andy… but we need a refresher on who you are pls before the kick off of season 12.

Let’s start with Jock Zonfrillo – he’s a Scottish celebrity chef and TV presenter based here in Oz. He owns the popular Restaurant Orana in Adelaide which won Restaurant of the Year in 2018 by both Gourmet Traveller and The Australian.

He’s also the founder of The Orana Foundation which is a not-for-profit that aims to preserve the cooking techniques of The First Australians.

Listen to The Spill hosts Laura Brodnik and Kee Reece explain why the new MasterChef judges have been selected for the hit show. 

“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!” Zonfrillo wrote on Instagram.


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Thanks @deliciousaus for the words and support & big ups to @huckstergram for the review ♡♥️♡ #Repost @deliciousaus ・・・ When Scottish-born chef Jock Zonfrillo first came to Australia, he was angry there was no recognisable food culture here. He made a pledge, he reveals to delicious. on Sunday, to change people’s perceptions of Indigenous food culture. Plus, @mattscravat shares unique ways to make the most of spring produce (like stir-frying your cos lettuce) and @cfassnidge makes Father’s Day a weeklong affair with pub classics Dad’s bound to love. Pick up your copy inside @stellarmag in #sundaytelegraph in NSW and #sundayheraldsun in Victoria. If you want to make it a #stellarsunday be sure to #makeitdelicious too!

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Melissa Leong is a food and travel writer, radio broadcaster and TV presenter.

She’s written for Time Out Sydney, Australian Gourmet Traveller, Daily Addict and New Matilda and hosts The Friday Delicious on Sydney’s FBi radio.

She also does some media consulting – clients of interest include Adriano Zumbo.

“I could never have dreamed that I would be asked to be part of the next chapter of this great Australian legacy, and it is with deep respect and appreciation for everything that has come before, that we take our first steps into the new,” Leong wrote on Instagram.

With a handle like “fooderati” we’re excited to see Leong in action on our TV screens.


Last but not least we have Andy Allen, a MasterChef alumni.

The former electrician won the series in 2012, beating Audra Morice and Julia Taylor to claim the top prize.

He went on to become the co-owner of Three Blue Ducks, taking on the role of head chef at the Rosebury restaurant in Sydney.

He’s the only contestant to be awarded the sought after Chef’s Hat honour.

“I’m stoked,” wrote the Sydneysider on Instagram.

“This is really humbling and has come full circle for me. To win the show back in 2012, then to throw myself into the big world of hospitality, be recognised by the industry and accepted by chefs I admired, to now take on a role as Judge of Australia’s best cooking show is just one of the coolest things ever. So pumped!” he said.

Filming in Melbourne starts in the new year. We’re excited to see the three newbies in action.

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