After months of speculation, Channel 10 has finally confirmed that celebrity chef and restaurateur Jamie Oliver will be joining the cast of MasterChef Australia in 2024.
On Thursday, the network confirmed that Oliver, 48, will serve as a guest judge during the first two weeks of the new season.
Joining the much-loved British foodie will be long term MasterChef star Andy Allen and new judge and former contestant Poh Ling Yeow.
Food critic Sofia Levin and restauranteur Jean-Christophe Novell will also be judges.
The new season, which will air in 2024, has started filming in Melbourne.
After months of speculation Channel 10 has finally confirmed that celebrity chef and restaurateur Jamie Oliver will be joining the cast of MasterChef Australia in 2024. Pictured: The new look cast for next season (L-R) food critic Sofia Levin, Oliver, Andy Allen, Poh Ling Yeow, and restauranteur Jean-Christophe Novelli
Meanwhile, TV Tonight reports that Oliver’s two week stint on the coming season will be the longest appearance by any guest judge in the show’s 14-year history.
Oliver first appeared as a guest judge on MasterChef during season four in 2012.
It was previously rumoured that he would replace Jock Zonfrillo as a permanent judge for the show in a $2million deal.
The hit cooking contest was thrown into turmoil after judge Jock Zonfrillo’s sudden shock death at age 46 in April Pictured: The former MasterChef Australia cast including Melissa Leong (L) Jock Zonfrillo (centre) and Andy Allen (right)
The hit cooking contest was thrown into turmoil after Zonfrillo’s shock death at the age of 46 in April.
Channel 10 announced soon after it would search for a replacement for the fan favourite.
Judge Melissa Leong subsequently exited the show to launch her own spinoff series Dessert Masters.
Following rumours that she was ‘dumped’ from MasterChef, Leon, 41, got her revenge this week after her new show proved to be a hit with viewers.
Melissa Leong has since exited MasterChef to launch her own spinoff series Dessert Masters (pictured) which has already proven to be a hit with viewers
Dessert Masters had 451,000 fans tuning in across all the major cities on Tuesday night.
Appearing on the series alongside renowned pastry chef, Amaury Guichon, Leong has retained her fanbase and is continuing to win new support.
It comes after the former MasterChef star insisted she has nothing but love for her co-stars at the Channel Ten cooking show, shortly after it was announced she wouldn’t be returning to the series next year.
The hit cooking contest was thrown into turmoil after Zonfrillo’s sudden shock death at age 46 in April. Channel 10 announced it would be searching for a replacement for the fan favourite
Leong addressed whispers of a feud between herself, Allen and Zonfrillo during a candid chat with Daily Mail Australia in The Birdcage at Flemington Racecourse last week.
‘This is not my first rodeo,’ Leong declared, shrugging off the speculative stories as par for the course in the high-stakes world of reality TV.
When pressed about friction on the MasterChef set, Leong said, ‘I have nothing but love and respect for not only Andy but everybody I’ve worked with’.
‘We’re a team, we’re a family, and that’s all you need to know really,’ Melissa added.