Former MasterChef Australia judges Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan will return to TV screens to host a new Channel 7 show called Plate of Origin.

The pair will appear without chef George Calombaris, instead teaming up with current My Kitchen Rules judge Manu Feildel.

The MKR stalwart spoke to the Herald Sun and seemed positive about the announcement.

“If they do what they did on Ten, enjoy themselves, and do it for the right reasons, I think it could work for all of us,” he said.

Calombaris responded to the news on Instagram, referring to the show as “another opportunity to put joy and happiness into peoples lives”.

Plate of Origin will see contestants from across the world compete against each other in cook-offs and is slated to air in 2020.

Channel 7 are ecstatic about signing Preston and Mehigan, with Seven West Media CEO James Waburton calling the pair “absolute superstars”.

“Those guys are hard working …, they are loved by the audience, 15 million people watched either MKR or MasterChef,” he said.

“Having the best of the best with those guys in it to me is an absolute no-brainer.”

When news broke in July the original judges would not be returning to MasterChef Australia, it was reported Preston, Mehigan and Calombaris had plans to launch their own production company.

However, with Preston and Mehigan signed to Channel 7 and Calombaris returning to the kitchens of Made Establishment, it seems the ‘three musketeers’ are taking different paths – for now.





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