Judges Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris will not return in the next season of MasterChef.
The shock announcement was made by Channel 10 on Tuesday afternoon, citing that a commercial agreement with the judges couldn’t be reached.
“Despite months of negotiation, 10 has not been able to reach a commercial agreement that was satisfactory to Matt, Gary and George,” Network 10 chief executive officer Paul Anderson said in a statement.
“Across 11 sensational seasons, MasterChef Australia has established itself as one of the most popular and respected cooking television series around the world. For more than a decade, the iconic series has shaped and driven the Australian public’s passion for food and cooking, delivered iconic television moments, and made the culinary dreams of everyday home cooks come true.
“We would like to thank Gary, George and Matt for their contribution over the past 11 years,” he said.
A new crop of judges will head next year’s season of MasterChef.
The news comes one day after George Calombaris was dumped from a high-profile advertising deal with Tourism WA amid the underpaid workers fiasco.