MasterChef Australia Judge for 2018
Internationally acclaimed food journalist Matt Preston returns to the MasterChef Australia kitchen to put a new batch of contestants through their paces.
Dazzling audiences with his array of cravats and warm on-screen presence, Matt quickly became a television favourite when MasterChef Australia first hit television screens in 2009. He collected the Graham Kennedy Award for Outstanding New Talent at the 2010 TV Week Logie Awards.
Award ceremonies are something with which Matt is very familiar. He earned a swag of prestigious awards for his journalism and reviewing contributions, including the highly sought-after honour of the World’s Best Food Journalist at the 2008 World Food Media Awards. In 2013, Matt was inducted into the Legends of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Hall of Fame for his contribution to the food industry via food communication and education.
As well as using his finely-tuned palate to guide the contestants through their daily challenges in MasterChef Australia, Matt currently writes a weekly column for the delicious On Sunday liftout in News Corp papers across the country and continues to contribute to Australia’s most prestigious food and lifestyle publications.
Matt has written five best-selling cookbooks: Matt Preston’s 100 Best Recipes, Fast Fresh and Unbelievably Delicious, Cookbook, The Simple Secrets and, most recently, Yummy, Quick, Easy, all of which have been released internationally.
In 2013, Matt hosted MasterChef: The Professionals together with Marco Pierre White. The series was awarded Best Reality Series at the 2014 AACTA Awards.
Matt’s other television works includes a guest role in the 30th anniversary special of The Bold and The Beautiful, TEN’s drama series Offspring and Neighbours, and the ABC television series Lowdown. He has also made special appearances on MasterChef New Zealand, MasterChef Italia and MasterChef India.
Matt regularly takes his maximum flavour, minimum fuss cooking demonstrations on the road with live shows across the country and overseas. Building on the success of his cooking segments in MasterChef Australia MasterClass episodes, Matt has appeared at Brisbane’s Regional Flavours, the Noosa Food and Wine Festival, the Margaret River Gourmet Weekend and in front of thousands at the Johannesburg and Cape Town Food and Wine Shows, India’s World On A Plate International Food Festival and the Abu Dhabi Food Festival.