Internationally acclaimed and revered food critic Matt Preston re-joins chefs Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris on the judging panel for MasterChef's ninth season. 

Awards ceremonies are something Preston is used to. Earning a swag of prestigious accolades for his journalism and reviewing contributions, Preston most notably took out the World's Best Food Journalist 2008 (World Food Media Awards), a highly sought after honour.

As well as guiding this year's MasterChef hopefuls, Preston currently writes a column for the Taste section in News Ltd papers across the country and continues to contribute to Australia's most prestigious food and lifestyle publications. Previously Matt has worked for The Age newspaper's food section, Epicure, Vogue Entertaining + Travel, Delicious, Australian Good Taste, The Guardian newspaper (UK) and Time Out (London).

Before joining MasterChef Australia, Preston was Creative Director of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, a role he held for over five years and one which saw him transform the festival into a world-class event.

Preston is also the author of Cravat-A-Licious, which is a collection of foof writing, plus Matt Preston's 100 Best Recipes, which was released in 2012.