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Celebrity MasterChef who's inspired a new generation of young cooks
Categories: Celebrity Chefs
Full Presenter Profile & Bio
Australian chef and food personality, Gary Mehigan is best known for his role on Network Ten’s long running food program, ‘MasterChef’.
Growing up on the South Coast of England, Gary studied to be a chef before leaving for his first full-time role in London. Gary trained at The Connaught Hotel under Michael Bourdan, learning skills and techniques before working at the Michelin star restaurant for four years. He went on to work at Le Soufflé at The Hyde Park Intercontinental under the watchful eye of Peter Kromberg.
In 1991, Gary moved to Australia and worked at some of Melbourne’s most prominent restaurants, including Browns Burnham Beeches Country House and Sofitel Melbourne. Nine years later, he ventured into business, opening Fenix Restaurant and Events. Within the first year, the business gained its first hat, before being renovated and sold.
Gary currently co-owns the Maribyrnong Boathouse in Moonee Ponds.
Away from the kitchen, Gary works within the media, acting as one of the nation’s most beloved and popular food personalities. Gary has been featured in newspapers, cooking classes, food festivals, magazines, cookbooks, and television appearances.
In 2009, Gary became a judge on ‘MasterChef’ alongside Matt Preston and George Calombaris. The show has been a gamechanger for the food world, introducing new cuisines, foods, and chefs to the nation.
Gary has since starred on Channel Seven’s ‘Plate of Origin’, alongside Matt Preston and Manu Feildel.
Gary’s career has seen him follow his passion and he works hard to inspire and teach others to cook the best meals using the freshest ingredients.