Prepare for a culinary spectacle as the maestro himself, Jamie Oliver steps into the MasterChef kitchen as the very first guest judge for the thrilling Season 16.
This week marks the commencement of filming for the upcoming season, with Jamie stepping into the spotlight to impart his invaluable wisdom, offer mentorship guidance, and present a series of exhilarating challenges designed to keep contestants on the edge of their culinary prowess.
“Returning to the MasterChef kitchen and spending time in Australia makes me very happy. I think MasterChef Australia is the best food show in the world – amazing production values and an incredible story of transformation,” Jamie said.
“I love seeing how the contestants constantly surprise themselves about what they can achieve. More than that, MasterChef connects Aussies to food and the joy of cooking and that can only be a positive thing.”
Jamie is set to extend a helping hand during an unprecedented two-week tenure, marking the lengthiest-ever guest chef appearance in the MasterChef Australia kitchen.
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The exciting announcement comes after a fresh and dynamic judging panel was revealed for the new season, ready to carry on the legacy left by the late Jock Zonfrillo.
Leading the new team is MasterChef winner turned judge Andy Allen alongside MasterChef alumna Poh Ling Yeow. Food critic and journalist Sofia Levin will also bring her keen taste buds and insightful critique to the table.
Rounding off the quartet is the internationally acclaimed chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, a holder of multiple Michelin stars, promising contestants and viewers an elevated culinary experience.
Allen said returning for the new season will be “the start of a new chapter” after the “extremely difficult” loss of Zonfrillo.
“MasterChef Australia has been part of my life for over a decade. It gave me a pathway into the industry and led me to a career that I’m forever grateful for. After an extremely difficult year in 2023, and upon reflection, the decision to return to the series is not one I took lightly,” Allen said.
“But there is something special in the MasterChef Australia Kitchen, and it feels right to come back to work with the amazing production team, and to play my role in seeing the contestants do as I have done. 2024 will be the start of a new chapter, and it will be surreal – yet brilliant – to share this moment with my fellow judges, Poh, Sofia and Jean-Christophe.”