MasterChef Australia

Surely they have it wrong. I highly doubt the first three episodes are from overseas.

More likely middle of the season with Top 10/8.

That article contradicts itself. After the headline that the first three episodes won’t be filmed in Australia it later on mentions that the first two weeks are being judged by Jamie Oliver and started filming late 2023. They wouldn’t be bringing Jamie to both Hong Kong and Australia, plus he isn’t in the Hong Kong promo photos either. We also know that the Hong Kong filming was much more recently (revealed this week so likely has just happened) so would definitely be a later point in the competition.

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Ming Pao, one of Hong Kong’s major newspapers, has an article today on MasterChef’s shoot (in Chinese). The show has been screening locally on TVB Pearl since 2021 (after Melissa, Jock and Andy joined the show as judges).

The article says Hong Kong Tourism Board suggests locations to producers, and helps them to apply for permits to film at those locations. The rest of the article is a Chinese translation of what Andy said in 10’s press release posted earlier this week.

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New Promo aired tonight.


So excited!

There’s Never Been A Season Like This.

MasterChef Australia. Premieres Monday, 22 April At 7:30pm On 10 And 10 Play.

This year, MasterChef Australia ushers in a new era, with international superstars, 22 incredible home-cooks, and friends old and new joining the family.

Andy Allen will carry on Jock Zonfrillo’s legacy alongside three new judges: MasterChef Australia alumnus Poh Ling Yeow, food critic and journalist Sofia Levin, and multi–Michelin Star award-winning chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli.

MasterChef Australia has built a family of passionate food-lovers and this year’s contestants will be leaving it all on the plate in the pursuit of exceptional food.

Here is your first glimpse of MasterChef Australia season 16.


Sunday Herald Sun’s Fiona Byrne writes that a small plaque commemorating the late Jock Zonfrillo has been created at Royal Melbourne Showgrounds. It is attached to a wooden seat that is set among edible flowers, herbs and citrus trees outside the Centenary Pavilion which doubles as MasterChef kitchen. It reads: “In life you should give more than you take”.


The first look into the new season (featuring Jamie Oliver) is now available on social media.

Guest chefs in the clip are Anna Polyviou, Mikiko Terasaki (owner of Omu in Ultimo, Sydney) and Vincent Lim aka Dimsimlim or Wolf of Wok Street.


Bring it on!

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Your First Look At MasterChef Australia Season 16.

MasterChef Australia. Premieres Monday, 22 April At 7:30pm On 10 And 10 Play.

There’s nothing like a starter to whet the appetite, and the MasterChef Australia first look promo has us hungrier than ever.

You’ve never seen MasterChef Australia like this: never seen creations like this, never seen places like this, and never seen surprises like this.

In a feast for the eyes, the first glimpse reveals a litany of lush locations, from Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market to regional gems Bendigo and Ballarat, all the way to the rooftops of Hong Kong.

When it comes to guest chefs, Jamie Oliver isn’t the only one heating up the kitchen. Expect fan favourites Adriano Zumbo and Anna Polyviou to set challenges fiercer than ever, while social sensations Vincent Yeow Lim (AKA DimSimLim) and Mikiko Terasaki cross the MasterChef Australia Kitchen threshold for the first time.

There’s never been a season like this.


We didn’t know that the show made a return to Ballarat earlier this year.

Melissa Leong was at the Australian F1 Grand Prix at Albert Park yesterday, catching up with new MC judge Jean-Christophe Novelli, and interviewing the three co-hosts of Top Gear Australia.

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They could rename the Centenary Pavilion to Jock Zonfrillo Pavillion in memory of Jock Zonfrollio


I’ve always thought Poh would be great as judge,I’ll still miss Jock though this season

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10 has released the first two contestant promos of the new season on social media.

The first promo is about Khristian Walker.

The second promo is about Savindri Perera, who is from Adelaide and specialises in Sri Lankan cuisine.

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It’s funny that they have never created a master chef food lovers club, where viewers get discounts or dining offers for restaurants, including the ones that they feature in challenges or have guest chefs on the show from. I think that would be a great way to encourage people to watch, and then indeed have their own MasterChef experience during the run of The season.
Surely they could also get special deals for the Coles products and other sponsored gear.

It is also funny that there has never been an official podcast about MasterChef Australia, for discussion about each episode, the contestants and their cooking styles.

There was a fan podcast in 2019 called Afterchef Australia which lasted one season.

You’ve Never Seen Judges Like This.

MasterChef Australia. Premieres Monday, 22 April At 7:30pm On 10 And 10 Play.

In 2024, the recipe for MasterChef Australia is looking a little different. Joining Andy Allen on the judging panel this year are three fresh faces: Poh Ling Yeow, Sofia Levin and Jean-Christophe Novelli.

As runner up in the first ever season of MasterChef Australia, Poh proves that you don’t need to win, to win. By her own acknowledgement, there’s a part of Poh that will always belong on the contestant side – making her the perfect mentor and guide for this year’s budding home cooks.

Meet Poh

You’ve never seen a foodie like Sofia. She writes, she travels, and she knows the culinary world inside out. She hasn’t just dedicated her life to food, she’s dedicated her life to eating. Whether it’s wanting to savour every single bite or “smoosh her face” into a delectable dish, Sofia can’t resist a moreish morsel and has the vocab to match her insatiable appetite.

Meet Sofia

To use one of his own phrases, Jean-Christophe adds a certain “Je ne sais quoi” to the competition. While you can expect plenty of “Ooh la la”s and “Va va voom”s from this French-born, multi-Michelin star-awarded chef, it’s his years of expertise and leadership that make Jean-Christophe a true extraordinaire.

Meet Jean-Christophe

Welcoming our illustrious lineup to the kitchen is beloved judge, Andy Allen. A former MasterChef Australia winner, and a judge with years of experience under his belt, Andy leads our new family through the next chapter of MasterChef Australia with heart, authenticity, and open arms.


Poh features in an interview article in Stellar magazine today (paywall)


He would be getting Jock and Melissa’s salaries combined