Judges George, Matt & Gary Bid Goodbye to ‘MasterChef Australia’ 

The show is currently in its 11th season.

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The iconic trio quits <i>MasterChef Australia</i>
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After 11 long and food-filled years, the face(s) of television show MasterChef Australia will be no more. Judges Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris, who have played an integral role in the cooking game show, will not be returning for another season. The news comes ahead of the season finale and the announcement was made by the official MasterChef Australia Twitter handle on Tuesday.

“After 11 sensational seasons, we bid a fond farewell to our judges - Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris. Thank you for being a part of this remarkable #MasterChefAU legacy and helping make the culinary dreams of everyday home cooks come true!”

Recently, George Calombaris was embroiled in a controversy after it was revealed that his companies had underpaid staff at his restaurants by nearly USD eight million, reported The Guardian. This controversy first came to light in 2017 and was being investigated by the Fair Work Ombudsman in Australia.

However, Network 10 gave a different reason for the exit of the three judges. According to Paul Anderson, chief executive officer at Network 10, the trio was unable to reach a "commercial agreement" with the company. Talking about the next set of judges who will replace this trio, Paul said “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."

Gary, on his social media, further elaborated that the trio was unable to agree to 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,” he added.

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To all of our fans ‘thank you’ To the team that makes MasterChef ‘thank you’ and to all of the contestants that we know and love, we are all part of a very exclusive club and what a journey what an experience. 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. We couldn’t agree on the term of the new contract for 2020 and season 12. Something we felt very strongly about. The opportunity to work with Matt and George has been a blessing and something I cherish. Working together will continue to be the most important thing for us.....the three musketeers.......🤗 @mattscravat @gcalombaris @masterchefau #masterchefau #foodies #foodiesofinstagram #homecooks #homecooking #masterchef

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Matt also mentioned the contract disagreement in his statement.

He wrote on Instagram, “We have met some beautiful people, discovered and guided some of the brightest up-and-comers in the Australian food scene, worked with the best chefs in the world in front of the camera, and with the TV industry’s finest professionals behind the scenes. And of course, we three judges have formed a lifelong friendship that will live on far beyond the show.”

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Thank you so very much for supporting @masterchefau over the last 11 years. We have loved every single moment. It is however with a heavy heart that I can confirm that season 11 was our last. We were really keen to continue but we were unable to agree to all terms for the new contract. We have enjoyed 11 wonderful years on Masterchef Australia with Network Ten, and I want to take this opportunity to thank Ten for this amazing opportunity and for Network Ten’s backing of this very special show. We have met some beautiful people, discovered and guided some of the brightest up-and-comers in the Australian food scene, worked with the best chefs in the world in front of the camera, and with the TV industry’s finest professionals behind the scenes. And of course, we three judges have formed a lifelong friendship that will live on far beyond the show. I want to take this opportunity to thank you and everyone who has shared our amazing journey with us - especially all those fantastic contestants. I look forward to sharing many more adventures with you in the future. And finally I wish the new judges all the best with the show that we love so much. Thank you all. I don’t want to take any gloss off tonight’s well deserved winner so I will not be making any further comment. Love Matt.

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MasterChef Australia is based on the original British show. It is currently in its 11th season.

(With inputs from PTI and The News Minute)

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