After 11 years on our screens, Network 10 has revealed Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris will not be returning to MasterChef Australia next year.
The announcement was made in a statement by Network 10 chief executive officer Paul Anderson on Tuesday afternoon.
“Despite months of negotiation, 10 has not been able to reach a commercial agreement that was satisfactory to Matt, Gary and George,” Mr Anderson 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.
“We would like to thank Gary, George and Matt for their contribution over the past 11 years.
“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.”
It’s understood the TV network will reveal a fresh new group of judges in due course.
“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,” Mr Anderson said.