masterchef australia gary mehigan

Gary Mehigan

masterchef australia george calombaris

George Calombaris

masterchef australia matt preston

Matt Preston

masterchef australia kylie kwong

Kylie Kwong

masterchef australia kylie kwong

Kylie Kwong

Guest Mentor

Kylie Kwong is one of Australia’s most respected chefs, and on the new season of MasterChef Australia, she joins Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston and George Calombaris as a regular guest mentor.

Best known for her celebrated Billy Kwong restaurant in inner-city Sydney, Kylie is also a successful author and television presenter.

Kylie is a passionate advocate of sustainable food and ethical eating. To honour the integrity of food produced in this way, her style of cooking is all about emphasising simplicity, fresh ingredients and clean flavours. Her restaurant uses locally grown, organic and biodynamic produce, with a major focus on Australian native bush foods.

A long-time supporter of the slow food movement and its aims, Kylie runs a stall at Eveleigh Farmers’ Market in Sydney and helps nurture the next generation of cooks through the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. She has also developed a range of fair trade tableware in conjunction with Oxfam. 

Kylie is the author of six award winning books: Simple Chinese Cooking ClassIt Tastes BetterMy ChinaSimple Chinese CookingHeart & Soul and Recipes and Stories. Kylie launched the Kylie Kwong Heart & Soul cooking show which aired on the ABC. Given its success, Kylie went on to complete two more series: Simply Magic and My China: A Feast for all the Senses.

As a notable chef, Kylie has been requested for numerous appearances, including as MC for His Holiness The Dalai Lama and numerous food and wine festivals.

More recently, Kylie was included in Australia Post’s Legends of Food Stamp Series along with culinary greats Margaret Fulton, Maggie Beer, Neil Perry and Stephanie Alexander.

Outside of the kitchen, Kylie is an art enthusiast, environmentalist and proud Australian.

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