MasterChef Australia 2022: Fans & Favourites not only sees the return of your fave TV cooks but the return of the franchises’ fresh and fabulous judges, too.

In 2020, Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo (swoon) replaced the old guard of Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan.

The trio is back once again to critique MasterChef: Fans & Favourites, marking their third season on the iconic franchise.

Melissa Leong

Melissa is the undisputed queen of the show, with the judge bringing a wealth of experience to the MasterChef kitchen.

The iconic judge was born to Singaporean immigrants and has had a life-long passion for food.

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Melissa was a food and travel writer prior to joining the MasterChef franchise. Source: Network Ten.

Starting her career in digital advertising, the 40-year-old made the leap to food and travel writing after her corporate job failed to bring her fulfilment.

Aside from MasterChef, Melissa has worked on TV shows such as The Cook’s Pantry, Everyday Gourmet, and the Chef’s Line.

She is also a radio host, cookbook editor and food media consultant, among other things.

Andy Allen

After taking out the top gong in MasterChef Australia‘s fourth season, Andy returned to the franchise as a judge in 2020. He also appeared in an episode of MasterChef Australia All-Stars later that same year.

Following his win on the show, the 33-year-old pursued a hospitality career and now co-owns Three Blue Ducks, which was awarded a hat in the 2018 Good Food Guide.

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Judge Andy Allen won season 4 of MasterChef Australia. Source: Network Ten.

The restaurant chain now has five locations throughout Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Byron Bay.

The MasterChef Australia judge appeared on Celebrity Gogglebox Australia earlier this year alongside his bestie, Australian of the Year, Dylan Alcott.

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Jock Zonfrillo

Jock (whose real name is Barry, BTW) is also reprising his role as a judge for MasterChef Australia 2022.

The Scottish babe left school at just 15 to pursue a career as a chef.

Moving between kitchens in the UK and Australia, Jock was appointed to his first head chef position aged only 22.

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Jock was born in Scotland and has had an impressive career in the food industry. Source: Network Ten.

In 2000, the Galswegian returned Down Under and in 2013 opened Restaurant Orana and Street ADL in Adelaide.

In 2016, Jock launched The Orana Foundation, a charity that seeks to “shine a light on Australia’s Indigenous food” and “preserve and protect thousands of years of know-how and cultural heritage”.

Further, in 2018 he was named “Australia’s Hottest Chef” by The Australian and they certainly aren’t wrong about that!

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