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Everything you need to know about MasterChef: Dessert Masters.

Sweet treat enthusiasts rejoice because MasterChef Australia is back for another season of the mouthwatering cooking show, but this time with a delicious twist. 

Yep, that's right, the popular cooking franchise is back for another spin-off season, focusing on sweet goodness, so prepare to watch as our aspiring chefs create some of the most irresistible desserts known to human kind.

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So if you're like us and cannot get enough of the awe-inspiring cooking show, you're in for a real delight.

Here's absolutely everything we know about the upcoming season.

Who are the judges of MasterChef: Dessert Masters 2023?


This season will welcome former MasterChef judge Melissa Leong alongside the internationally renowned dessert chef Amaury Guichon.

"Desserts have the capacity to be magical," shared Melissa.

"Creating a memorable dessert takes years of practice, technique and an exacting eye for detail," she continued.

Together the pair will mentor and critique the very best chefs in the business, as they plate up dishes worthy of a queen (or king) and find the ultimate master to crown the winner.

Who is the cast of MasterChef: Dessert Masters 2023?

Unlike the earlier season this year that saw Brent Draper taking home the MasterChef title, MasterChef: Dessert Masters will focus heavily on already established pastry chefs, known as masters, and their sweet and perfected dessert techniques.

"It doesn’t get any better, more high calibre, more magical than these chefs, who all bring their own unique take on sweet creations to their own worlds, and now, to ours. I am beyond thrilled – and honoured – to be working with such brilliant, talented and generous people… but boy do I have my work cut out for me!" shared Melissa Leong.


Let's introduce you to the 10 famous culinary faces appearing in the new season of the cooking show.

1.  Kirsten Tibballs.

Kristen Tibballs is the owner of Savour School and host of Chocolate Queen TV, Kristen has confirmed she will join the show as one of the masters. 


If you're interested in doing some snooping, you can find her on Instagram here: @Kristentibbals

2. Reynold Poernomo.

If you're a fan of desserts, you'll be very familiar with Reynold's work and probably watched his season of MasterChef Australia. Reynold is now the proud owner of KOI, a Sydney dessert bar specialising in intricate detail and delicious flavour.


Want to do a bit of digging, you can check his work out here: @reynoldpoer

3. Anna Polyviou.

Anna is no stranger to reality TV, having appeared on season nine of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, proving she is more than ready to take on the masters.

But in case you've not seen her around, Anna is best known as a culinary author, host and "Pastry Rebel". 

So if you're looking for a bit more sweet action? Check out what Anna gets up to here: @Annapolyviou


4. Adriano Zumbo.

From the sunny coast of Australia comes Adriano, a well-known dessert chef famous for creating delicious treats and sharing them with the world through his brand, Zumbo.

You can check out his delicious goodies here: @thesweetassassin

5. Jess Liemantara.


Another MasterChef alumni, Jessica Liemantara stole the hearts of everyone watching when she joined the show. 

Since her 2018 season, where she dazzled the judges with her delicious desserts, Jess has perfected her craft and opened her very own patisserie in the heart of Melbourne.

Want to check out all her delicious treats? You can do that here: @Jesslemon

6. Morgan Hipworth.


After creating a multi-million dollar business built on delicious doughnuts at just 15 years old, Morgan cemented himself as a key player in the pastry world.

If you're interested in checking out what Morgan gets up to in his spare time, you can follow him on Instagram here: @morganhipworth

7. Kay-Lene Tan.


After eight years at culinary institutions Coda and Tonka, Kay-Lene Tan has joined as executive chef at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Melbourne.

Kay-Lene has confirmed she will join as one of the 10 masters for the upcoming season of MasterChef: Dessert Masters.

If you want to check out her work, you can do some snooping here: @kaylenetan_

8. Andy Bowden.


Andy Bowden is known as the "cake slave" among foodies and has spent some time in the MasterChef kitchen, appearing on his very own masterclass episode. Andy has proven time and time again he's ready to take on whatever the masters throw at him.

If you're interested in some incredible cakes, check out all Andy's goodies here: @andybowdy

9. Rhiann Mead.


Rhiann Mead recently joined as Head Pastry Chef at The Charles Brasserie in Sydney, where she has been showcasing her skills in the kitchen, firmly establishing herself as a key player in the culinary realm.

Will Rhiann become the master of all masters? Check back in to find out.

10. Gareth Whitton.


Formerly the Head Pastry chef at Dinner by Heston restaurant, Gareth has established himself as an expert in the field, creating masterpieces for everyone to enjoy.

Most recently, Gareth will be one of the masters in the upcoming season of MasterChef: Dessert Masters.

To follow along Gareth's journey you can find him on social media here: @gareddio

When will MasterChef: Dessert Masters 2023 start?

MasterChef: Dessert Masters will premiere on Sunday, November 12, at 7:30pm on Channel 10 and 10Play. 

What is the prize for MasterChef Dessert Masters 2023?

The winner of this delicious competition will take home $100,000 dollars and, of course, a lifetime's worth of bragging rights.

Check back in shortly for all the juicy updates so that you don't miss a single beat.

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