Curtis Stone, Poh Ling Yeow and Maggie Beer are among the talented chefs named by Australians as their picks to take over judging duties on MasterChef.
According to Who magazine, Yeow, Beer and Stone are set to take over 12, which will air in 2020. It is understood the announcement will be made later today.
Poh, 46, is a former runner up on the first season of the show, who has gone on to have a successful TV and cookbook career.
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Beer, 74, is a renowned chef best known for her Pheasant Farm in South Australia's Barossa Valley and line of gourmet food products. Beer and chef Simon Bryant co-hosted four seasons of The Cook and the Chef.
Stone, 43 found fame hosting Australian cooking programs My Restaurant Rules on Channel 7 and Surfing the Menu on the ABC before 2006 Gwen and Maude, the latter of which this year earned a Michelin star.
When contacted by news.com.au, to Network 10 spokesperson said: "The MasterChef judges lineup for 2020 is not confirmed."
Meanwhile, Twitter users also suggested top Australian chefs Kylie Kwong and Shannon Bennett as possible contenders, and former MasterChef contestant Justine Schofield, who has gone to have a successful run of cooking shows and recipe books.
Ten’s chief executive Paul Anderson told News Corp Australia on Tuesday the network is looking to sign some big name MasterChef guest favors to replace the outgoing trio, such as Stone, Nigella Lawson or Gordon Ramsay.
"There's a long list of people who are interested in the franchise, so we've got all that in our favor," Mr Anderson said.
A NEW SHOW FOR OUTGOING JUDGES?
As the question of just who will be the popular series lingers, Calombaris, Mehigan and Preston look set to shift focus back to their private restaurant empires. It is possible, however, the trio wonâ € ™ t be away from the small-screen for long; they are suspected to be eyeing a multi-million dollar deal with a platform like Netflix or Amazon Prime.
The appeal of a global TV platform and international audience is obvious for Preston, Mehigan and Calombaris, who are household names in Australia but virtual unknowns overseas. However, there is no guarantee the concept would be the success in a streaming service format that has on prime-time network television.
The popularity of one-time Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May has tanked since they left the BBC in 2015 to start a similar show, The Grand Tour, on Amazon Prime.
At the time of Clarkson and co.'s deal with Amazon, Netflix executive revealed they had passed on the trio saying they weren't "worth the money".
"We have past episodes of Top Gear, so we have a pretty good gauge of what audiences like.
"Our buying decisions tend to be somewhat data-driven … clearly it wasn't worth the money to make the deal."
Following the news of Calombaris, Mehigan and Preston’s exit on Tuesday, Mehigan took to Instagram to make the decision to leave was not about a pay dispute.
He said, "It was never about the money," he said.
It’s true that Mehigan, Preston and Calombaris are far from broke, enabling them to walk away from them MasterChef contact negotiations after Network Ten refused their demands for 40 per cent pay increase.
$ 1 million as MasterChef judges, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Calombaris' MAdE hospitality group Establishment comprises 20 restaurants across Australia, most of them in Melbourne, including The Press Club, Hellenic Republic, Gazi, Jimmy Grants and Yo-Chi.
A Fair Work investigation last week concluded Calombaris, 40, had underpaid more than 500 staff working his way to the tune of more than $ 7.8 million.
His company, Made Establishment, received just $ 200,000 fine.
Meanwhile, Mehigan, 52, is believed to have made millions in 2013 when he sold his Melbourne restaurant Fenix to the Leonda By the Yarra function group after 13 years.
He also owns restaurant The Boathouse in the northwest Melbourne suburb Moonee Ponds, and in addition to MasterChef has starred in several cooking shows: Good Chef, Bad Chef, Boy’s Weekend and Far Flung With Gary Mehigan.
Preston, 57, is a celebrated food writer, columnist, critic, presenter and best-selling cookbook author, with titles including Yummy, Easy, Quick and Cravat-a-licious.