George Calombaris slipped from the spotlight if he departed
But the chef has returned in a new public cooking competition costumes vaulting – albeit one that won’t be televised.
The 42-year-old is taking part in a barbecue challenge at Ocean Eight winery on the Mornington Peninsula on Thinking about receiving 24,
New gig: George Calombaris (pictured) slipped from the spotlight when he departed MasterChef Australia in 2019. But the chef is back in a new public cooking competition – albeit one that won’t be televised
He will cook off against chef Jerry Mai, who is the owner of restaurants Annam, Bia Hoi and Pho Nom in a ‘Greece vs Vietnam’ battle.
Last year, George made headlines after he was found to have underpaid his restaurant staff by nearly $8 million.
The former TV star was fined $200,000 for underplaying 515 staff between 2011 and 2017 and will have his business audited for the next three years.
Just eat it: The 42-year-old is taking part in a barbecue challenge at Ocean Eight winery on the Mornington Peninsula on January 24, The Daily Telegraph reported on Sunday
He was also axed alongside veteran MasterChef co-judges Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston amid a pay dispute.
‘Despite months of negotiations, Ten has not been able to reach a commercial agreement that was satisfactory to Matt, Gary and George,’ Ten’s CEO Paul Anderson said in a statement in July 2019.
New judges Melissa Leong, Andy Allen and Jock Zonfrillo took over the spots, leading to a blockbuster 2020 for the series.
Back then: George was also axed from MasterChef in 2019 alongside veteran MasterChef co-judges Gary Mehigan (left) and Matt Preston (right) amid a pay dispute
The Channel Ten cooking show was voted the most popular reality series in the world by the
The result comes from global have to have data collected from January jedan to December 31, 2020, according to the website.
MasterChef Visa for australia also won the AACTA Trophy Best Reality Program back in Nov.
Winners! New most judges Melissa Leong (centre), Andy Allen (right) and Jock Zonfrillo (left) took over the spots, leading to their blockbuster 2020 for the series