Jamie Oliver returns to MasterChef

Jamie Oliver returns to MasterChef

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has stepped back into the MasterChef Australia kitchen, confirmed as the first guest judge for season 16.

Filming for the new season kicks off this week in Melbourne with the UK star to feture across two weeks, the longest ever appearance from a guest chef in MasterChef.

He joins Andy Allen plus three new judges, Poh Ling Yeow, restauranteur Jean-Christophe Novelli and food critic Sofia Levin.

Jamie Oliver said: “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.

“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.”

Season 16 will premiere on 10 in 2024.