What MasterChef Australia star Michael Weldon really thinks of the show’s judges


MasterChef veteran Michael Weldon reveals the major difference between the show’s new judges and the old panel following shock elimination

He was a runner-up on the third season of MasterChef Australia.

And Michael Weldon, 36, made a return to the hit franchise for this season’s Foodies vs Favourites only to be sent home in a shock elimination on Sunday night.

The fan favourite says the biggest challenge he had to deal with between his two turns on the show was the judging panel.

Michael Weldon (pictured) was a runner-up on the third season of MasterChef Australia and returned this season only to be eliminated last Sunday

Michael Weldon (pictured) was a runner-up on the third season of MasterChef Australia and returned this season only to be eliminated last Sunday

Speaking to Yahoo, he explained that the show’s current judges Jock Zonfrillo, Melissa Leong and Andy Allen are very different to the old judges.

‘The old judges were really hard on technique and tradition and food knowledge,’ he said.

‘Whereas for these judges, it just has to taste good in the end.’

In Michael’s first season on MasterChef he was dishing up for George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston and Matt Moran. 

The fan favourite says the biggest challenge he had to deal with between his two turns on the show was the judging panel. (Michael pictured on MasterChef in 2011)

The fan favourite says the biggest challenge he had to deal with between his two turns on the show was the judging panel. (Michael pictured on MasterChef in 2011)

He said that the new style of judging worked well, especially combining new MasterChef contestants with the veterans.

In a frank admission, Michael said he could not see how this season’s format could be fair for all the contestants involved.

‘But that’s the reality of the show…unfortunately, no matter how hard you try, you can’t make up the experience that people have working in restaurants and kitchens for so many years in a short window of a reality TV show,’ he said.

In Michael's first season on MasterChef he was dishing up for George Calombaris (centre), Gary Mehigan (left), Matt Preston (right) and Matt Moran (not pictured)

In Michael’s first season on MasterChef he was dishing up for George Calombaris (centre), Gary Mehigan (left), Matt Preston (right) and Matt Moran (not pictured)

Michael, who co-hosts Channel 10’s Farm to Fork cooking show with Andy Allen, was eliminated on Sunday after overcooking a fish dish during a challenge set by guest judge Rick Stein.

Elsewhere in Michael’s interview, he said that he hoped Billie McKay would walk away as champion.

Meanwhile, earlier this month it was revealed that Channel 10 has filmed multiple endings for this year’s MasterChef finale.

The decision to pre-record winner announcements for both finalists was made after the outcome of last year’s season was reportedly leaked, leading to a spike in ‘suspicious activity’ on betting websites.

‘Multiple endings were recorded to ensure results are not spoilt for our audience,’ a network spokesman told the Herald Sun.

Current MaterChef judges Jock Zonfrillo (right), Melissa Leong and Andy Allen (left) are very different to the old judges, Michael revealed: 'It just has to taste good in the end'

Current MaterChef judges Jock Zonfrillo (right), Melissa Leong and Andy Allen (left) are very different to the old judges, Michael revealed: ‘It just has to taste good in the end’

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