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Celebrity MasterChef who's inspired a new generation of young cooks
Categories: Celebrity Chefs
Full Presenter Profile & Bio
Gary Mehigan is a well-known Australian chef and television personality. He is best known for his role on Network Ten’s long running food program ‘MasterChef’.
Gary was born and grew up in Hayling Island on the South Coast of England. His father was an engineer, Mum was an artist and Grandfather was a chef and teacher. Attending Highbury College of Technology, Gary studied to be a chef before leaving for London for his first full-time role.
Training at The Connaught Hotel under Michael Bourdan, whose ideas and cooking styles were described as modern, creative and progressive, Gary worked at the Michelin star restaurant for four years. He then worked at Le Soufflé at The Hyde Park Intercontinental under Peter Kromberg, where the food was described as French haute cuisine.
In 1991, Gary moved to Australia where he worked at some of Melbourne’s most prominent restaurants including Browns Burnham Beeches Country House and Sofitel Melbourne. In 2000, Gary ventured into the business and opened Fenix Restaurant and Events. Within it’s first year it gained a hat and has been successfully renovated and reincarnated, before being sold to the Leonda by the Yarra group.
Currently he co-owns the Maribyrnong Boathouse in Moonee Ponds which employs over eighty staff between two venues.
Aside from working in kitchens, Gary has a media personality spanning from newspapers, cooking demonstrations and classes, food festivals, magazines, cookbooks and television programs. Gary has appeared on Good Morning Australia with Bert Newton, What’s Cooking, Fresh, Ready Steady Cook, The Circle, Good Chef Bad Chef, Boy’s Weekend and Far Flung. He uses these experiences to expand his knowledge and grow his profile.
In 2009, he began judging on ‘MasterChef’ alongside Matt Preston and George Calombaris. ‘MasterChef’ has been a game-changer for all things food and has become the highest rating show on Australian television. It has seen more young cooks embrace cooking and every chef embrace their imagination and creativity.
Feeling incredibly blessed by his career, Gary Mehigan works hard to ensure he teaches people around the globe to cook and use fresh ingredients to produce a delicious meal.