It’s official, after serving as judges on Masterchef since the show first aired back in 2009, Network 10 today has confirmed that Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris will all be exiting the series.
In a statement to Mamamia, Network 10 chief executive officer Paul Anderson confirmed that the exit of the high-profile judges was due to failed negotiations that have been happening behind-the-scenes of the highly-rated competitive cooking show.
“Despite months of negotiation, 10 has not been able to reach a commercial agreement that was satisfactory to Matt, Gary and George,” he said.
“Across 11 sensational seasons, MasterChef Australia has established itself as one of the most popular and respected cooking television series around the world.
“For more than a decade, the iconic series has shaped and driven the Australian public’s passion for food and cooking, delivered iconic television moments, and made the culinary dreams of everyday home cooks come true. “
He went on to thank the judges for their commitment to the TV series since they first appeared on our screens back in 2009.
“We would like to thank Gary, George and Matt for their contribution over the past 11 years,” Mr Anderson continued in his statement.
“MasterChef Australia has always been about ordinary Australians doing extraordinary things for the love of food and we believe it is very important to continue that ethos.
“Australia is full of remarkable cooking talent and we can’t wait to introduce another group – and the next generation of exceptional judges – in season 12 of MasterChef Australia next year."