George Calombaris has been awarded more accolades for his work than most receive in a lifetime, and this exuberant chef still has more tricks up his sleeve. Working alongside fellow chef Gary Mehigan, and food critic Matt Preston, Calombaris brings the passion and fire to the judging panel of MasterChef Australia. 

Before joining the MasterChef team, Calombaris had been voted as one of the Top 40 Chefs of Influence in the World by the Global Food and Wine Magazine. An internationally successful restaurateur, George owns three restaurants in Melbourne and one in Mykonos, Greece.

His flagship Melbourne restaurant, The Press Club, was awarded The Age Good Food Guide 'Best New Restaurant 2008' with George named 'Chef of the Year 2008'. It was also in 2008 that The Age Melbourne Magazine placed George in the Top 100 Most Influential People.