Matt Preston is an award-winning food journalist, restaurant critic, recipe writer, and television personality.
Best known as a judge and co-host on MasterChef Australia and MasterChef The Professionals, Matt Preston currently writes a national column for the Taste section for News Ltd’s metro newspapers and is also a senior editor for delicious magazine.
Preston has now appeared in five series of the ratings success MasterChef Australia as well as one series each of Celebrity MasterChef, Junior MasterChef and MasterChef Allstars. This year he hosted the newest series in the franchise, MasterChef: The Professionals, with Marco Pierre White.
MasterChef Australia and its Australian spin-offs are broadcast in more than 170 countries around the world from Venezuela and the Philippines to The Sudan, the UK and Scandinavia.
With a total worldwide audience of more than 180-million, MasterChef Australia is also the highest rating English-speaking program in India with more than three million viewers propelling Matt, George and Gary to stardom on the Sub-Continent.
Matt is active on social media and has an highly engaged following of more than 100,000 fans on Facebook and Twitter.
Matt is a keen tennis player but due to extreme lack of talent is highly unlikely to ever win a wildcard berth in the Australian Open!
OTHER MEDIA APPEARANCES
In the course of his role on MasterChef Australia, Preston makes numerous radio appearances to promote the show on all the major radio networks in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
He is a regular co-host on ‘The Fifi and Jules Show’ aired nationally on the Today Network and has also co-hosted on ABC774 with Lindy Burns, Myf Warhust and Jon Faine on ABC774 as well as Triple M Sydney’s breakfast show ‘The Grill Team’ with Matty Johns and MG.
In 2011 he had regular bi-weekly slot on ‘Kyle & Jackie O’ on 2Day FM. He is also a favorite with Merrick Watts on ‘The Highway Patrol’ on Triple MMM and with Dennis Walter on 3AW. He has appeared on almost every major breakfast show across the nation.
Preston has twice appeared as a guest on the Australian talk show Rove, and the game show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? and more recently The Living Room. He has also been a guest panelist on Network Ten's Before The Game, 7pm Project, Good News Week, The Circle, Breakfast and Can of Worms.
Other appearances include the ABC’s The First Tuesday Book Club, Myf Warhurst’s Nice, SBS’s Blue List and ADBC, Channel 9's Postcards and the Today Show, and Channel 7's Absolutely Melbourne. He was also the "secret reviewer" on series one of Channel 7’s My Restaurant Rules.
Preston has been parodied twice on Chasers War on Everything, on Channel Nine's The Footy Show and Hey Hey it’s Saturday Night. His dramatic roles include guest appearances on the ABC’s Lowdown and Ten’s Offspring. He has also been a guest on the Travel Channel’s international series Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations and ITV’s StephenTompkinson’s Australian Ballooning Adventure.
The year 2013 is shaping up to be even bigger for Matt. At the start of the year he was named a Legend of Food & Wine by Melbourne Food & Wine Festival joining an illustrious group that includes Stephanie Alexander, Michel Roux and Antonio Carluccio. His book, 100 Best Recipes, went into its third print run, with a Dutch edition to be published at the end of the year and a second cookbook due to drop In Australia, New Zealand and South Africa before Christmas 2013.
Then there’s an up-coming guest role in Ten’s award-winning drama Offspring and the prospect of MasterChef: The Professionals airing in the UK.
And there's more in the pipeline, but you’ll have to keep watching this space to find out what!
Last year - 2012 - was a year of firsts with Preston delivering a hilarious rendition of the bedtime classic Go the F@#k to Sleep at the Famous Spiegeltent. In October 2012 Matt made his acting debut playing a policeman in the ABC comedy series Lowdown. November heralded the release of Matt’s first cookbook, Matt Preston’s 100 Best Recipes, published by Plum for Pan Macmillan.
In 2011, MasterChef won the Most Popular reality show Logie again and Matt won his first Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award as Australia’s Most Awesome Oldie. He was also one of three Australians to be named on GQ's 50 most stylish men list. It was a big year for MasterChef Australia, the team filming with the Dalai Lama, with five of the world’s greatest chefs - Rene Redzepi, Thomas Keller, Andoni Aduriz, Heston Blumenthal and Elena Arzak - and travelling to the New York to film under the Statue of Liberty and be the first TV show ever allowed to film in the UN’s hallowed General Assembly chamber.
Matt also visited India as the guest of Star World, his visiting making front page news in both Mumbai and Bangalore, twice.
The year 2010 saw Preston and MasterChef nominated for Logie in the Most Popular Reality TV Program category and Matt nominated in the Most Popular New Male Talent category and for the Graham Kennedy Award For Most Outstanding New Talent. Matt picked up The Graham Kennedy Award and MasterChef won the Most Popular Reality Show category. Matt also won a GQ Man of the Year award in 2010.
MasterChef Australia continued to grow in popularity. The finale pulled another million viewers breaking all previous records, the 2009 and 2010 finales still standing as the two highest rating non-sports broadcasts in Australian TV history. Research revealed that 75 percent of the Australian population watched at least five minutes of the series.
In 2009 Preston joined Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris as co-host and judge of MasterChef Australia, a reality television competition to find Australia's best amateur chef. The Series 1 finale was the highest rated non-sports show in Australian TV history and the third most watched TV show ever.
Matt's first book Cravat-A-Licious – a 420-page compilation of his “least worst writing” - was also released that year on October 1. In the same month Matt released a compilation album of music to cook to and eat by: Matt Preston - Music from another Platter, and was nominated in the GQ Man of Style awards.
In 2003, 2004 and 2006, Preston won Food Media Club of Australia awards for articles that appeared in the Epicure section of The Age, and in 2008 he won the title of 'World’s Best Food Journalist' at the Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards, for articles published in delicious and Epicure. During this period he also wrote for Vogue Entertaining + Travel, plus US food titles, Saveur and Food and Wine. For five years he was the National Chief Judge for Restaurant and Catering's National Awards for Excellence. Preston was also the creative director of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival from 2005-2009 as it evolved into the world’s biggest and most prestigious food festival.
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