Melissa Leong will not be returning to MasterChef Australia but remains with Dessert Masters, in 2024.
Andy Allen will return, joined by Poh Ling Yeow, food critic Sofia Levin and chef Jean-Christophe Novelli.
“After an extremely difficult year in 2023, and upon reflection, the decision to return to the series is not one I took lightly,” said Allen.
“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.”
Poh Ling Yeow said, “MasterChef Australia is where my food story began, so this feels like coming home. A big part of me will always be standing on the other side with the contestants and I hope when they look to me, they see proof you don’t have to win to win.”
A 10 spokesperson also said, “Melissa Leong remains a key member of the MasterChef Australia family. Melissa is set to return for a second season of Dessert Masters in 2024, alongside fellow judge and pastry prodigy Amaury Guichon.
“Next year, MasterChef Australia and Dessert Masters will air back-to-back; therefore each show needs its own distinct style and personality and its own unique hosting team.”
Melissa Leong said, “The great honour of growing the MasterChef Australia family with the introduction of Dessert Masters is not lost on me. I relish the sweet opportunity to nurture this special series alongside Amaury.”
10 is due to announce their 2024 Upfronts tomorrow morning.