With his award-winning establishments, Fenix and Maribyrnong Boathouse, among some of the finest dining experiences in Melbourne, Gary Mehigan's credentials command attention. 

Having received training in world class restaurants, including The Connaught and Le Souffle in London in his early years, Gary has been based in Melbourne since 1991. He has headed the kitchen in some of the city's most prominent restaurants, including Browns, Burnham Beeches Country House and Hotel Sofitel before opening the award-winning Fenix in 2000.

Before MasterChef, Mehigan was teaching Australians to cook through the LifeStyle Channel's Boy's Weekend and Good Chef Bad Chef, and has also authored a cookbook, Gary Mehigan's Comfort Food.

Mehigan's wealth of experience and wisdom has been invaluable to past contestants; his considered questioning at the hotplates often putting them through the ringer. Mehigan is back for season nine, and sure to be showing the new recruits he's no push over.