Matt Preston

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Matt Preston
Matt Preston 2016 (cropped).jpg
Preston in 2016
Born (1961-07-21) 21 July 1961 (age 61)
Occupation(s)Food critic, writer, television presenter
Years active1990−present
EmployerSeven Network
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Emma Preston
(m. 1999)

Matt Preston (born 21 July 1961) is an English-Australian food critic, writer and television presenter. He is best known for his role as a judge on Network Ten's MasterChef Australia between 2009 and 2019, and for his weekly national food column that appears in NewsCorp's metro newspapers. Preston is also a senior editor for Delicious. and Taste magazines, and the author of at least four best-selling cookbooks.[1]


Preston is the son of British naval historian and journalist Antony Preston. He was born in London, UK, to a Roman Catholic family and from the age of 11 was educated at Worth School, a Benedictine monastic boarding school in West Sussex. He graduated from the University of Kent with a BA Hons in Politics and Government. While growing up in London in the late 1970s, he became a DJ and punk rock musician.[2]

After a few stints working at City Limits and IPC Magazines (TVTimes and What's on TV),[3] Preston relocated to Australia in October 1993. Initially he worked for IPC Magazines as their Australian TV correspondent writing about the soap operas Neighbours and Home and Away for TVTimes, What's on TV and Woman's Own. He subsequently wrote for a number of Australian trade publications owned by IPC's parent company, Reed Business Publishing including Encore, Supermarket News and Counterpoint.

In 1996, Preston started writing reviews for a new Melbourne magazine, Inside Melbourne, a role that he held until he moved on to write reviews for The Age in February 2000. Preston also worked as a regular food correspondent in a number of publications, including Taste, a supplement in the Herald Sun, The Courier-Mail and The Daily Telegraph (Australia) newspapers and MasterChef Magazine, delicious. (Senior Editor), Australian Good Taste as the drink reviewer, The Guardian newspaper (UK) and Time Out (London). Preston was a weekly contributor to Epicure between 2000 and 2009, writing a weekly review of a cafe or restaurant. He also wrote a weekly column in The Age's A2 and was a senior editor at Vogue Entertaining & Travel. Preston has made many appearances on Australian radio.

Today Preston is best known for his stint as a co-host and judge on MasterChef Australia. He also works as a food columnist and regular food correspondent and his weekly national food column appears in NewsCorp's metro newspapers and has a combined reach of over 2.9 million Australians each week. It runs in Stellar magazine every Sunday and in The Adelaide Advertiser. He is also a senior editor for Delicious and Taste magazines.

MasterChef Australia[edit]

In 2009, Preston joined Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris on the judging panel of MasterChef Australia (Network 10), a reality television competition to find Australia's best amateur chef. MasterChef Australia series two, series three and series eleven would go on to win the TV Week Logie for Australia's Best Reality Series.

Preston would judge the first eleven series of MasterChef Australia (2009–2019), as well as the first season of Celebrity MasterChef Australia (2009), the first series of Junior MasterChef Australia (2010) and MasterChef Australia All-Stars (2012) with Mehigan and Calombaris. In 2013 Preston went it alone to host MasterChef Australia: The Professionals[4] with Marco Pierre White. The show premiered on 20 January 2013 and subsequently won the prestigious AACTA for Best Reality Show in the 2014 awards.[5]

Other television work[edit]

Preston has also made numerous other appearances on TV shows including multiple appearances on The Project, Good News Week, Studio 10, The Living Room, The Circle, Rove Live, This Week Live, All Star Family Feud and Chris & Julia's Sunday Night Takeaway (all Network 10), ADbc and The Blue List (SBS), Compass (ABC), Today and Postcards (both Nine Network) and Coxy's Big Break (Seven Network). He was also chosen as the secret reviewer in the first season of Channel Seven's My Restaurant Rules.[6] Preston has also taken small acting roles on Offspring (Network 10),[7] Lowdown (ABC),[8] The Bold And The Beautiful (Network 10)[9] and Neighbours (Network 10).[10] Previously, he has appeared on an episode of Lonely Planet Six Degrees.[11]

On 23 October 2019, it was announced that Preston and fellow MasterChef Australia judge Gary Mehigan would join Manu Feildel in 2020 with a new show called Plate of Origin on Seven.[12] In 2022 Preston appeared as a judge on the twelfth season of My Kitchen Rules.[13]

Vogue Entertaining + Travel and delicious[edit]

Matt has been contributing to Australia's leading glossy food magazines, writing about restaurants, chefs and leading culinary destinations. The role has taken him to more than 30 regions across Australia and the world.

Epicure and The Age[edit]

Matt began regularly contributing to the Epicure food section of The Age in February 2000. He wrote a weekly review of a cafe or ethnic eatery in his 'Unexplored' column in Epicure and in 2009 he wrote a weekly column in The Age on Saturday's A2 section. Preston also contributes cover stories to Epicure, for which he has won a number of awards.


In December 2021, ABC announced that Preston will host Saturday Mornings on ABC Radio Melbourne.[14][15]

Other professional roles[edit]

  • Creative Director, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (2004–2009).[16]
  • Contributor, The Age Good Food Guide; Food and Wine (US).[16]
  • Five years as National Chief Judge for Restaurant and Catering's National Awards for Excellence.[16]
  • Contributing drink editor, Good Taste magazine.[16]
  • Secret reviewer on Seven Network's My Restaurant Rules (series one).[16]
  • Judge in The World's Best 50 Restaurants Awards.[17][18]


  • Cravat-A-Licious, (2009) (ISBN 978-1-741-66967-1).[19]
  • Matt Preston's 100 Best Recipes, (2012) (ISBN 978-1-743-28339-4).[20]
  • Matt Preston's Fast Fresh and Unbelievably Delicious, (2013) (ISBN 978-1-742-61258-4).[21]
  • Matt Preston's Cook Book, (2014) (ISBN 978-1-743-53118-1).[22]
  • Matt Preston's Simple Secrets, (2015) (ISBN 978-1-743-53327-7).[23]
  • Matt Preston's Yummy, Easy, Quick, (2017) (ISBN 978-1-760-55264-0).[24]


Preston has won a number of awards, both individually and as the leader of an organisation, including:

  • 2003 Food Media Club of Australia Grand Marnier Award for Best New Writer Winner: Matt Preston for articles published in the Epicure section of The Age.
  • 2004 Food Media Club of Australia Australian Mushroom Growers' Award Best Food Article Winner: Matt Preston for "The Temple Kitchen", Epicure, The Age.
  • 2006 Food Media Club of Australia Calypso Mango Award for Best Recipe Feature in a Newspaper or Newspaper Magazine Winner: Matt Preston for "Preserving knowledge", Epicure, The Age.
  • 2008 Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards, Food Journalist of the Year for articles in Delicious Magazine and the Epicure section of The Age.[25]
  • 2010 The Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent (Male).
  • 2011 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards Winner – Awesome Oldie.[26]
  • Preston appears in Who's Who in Australia 2011 edition.[27]


  1. ^ Preston, Matt (10 April 2009). "Does Blumenthal smell of caramel?". The Age.
  2. ^ "Life's Big Questions: Matt Preston". Compass: Life's Big Questions. ABC Television. 20 February 2011. Archived from the original on 28 February 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2023.
  3. ^ Preston, Matt (10 December 2009). "Cravat-A-Licious - The Selected Works of the MasterChef Critic - Matt Preston". Penguin Australia. Retrieved 5 May 2023.
  4. ^ Sams, Christine (20 January 2013). "Matt Rewrites the menu". Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 21 May 2022. Retrieved 5 May 2023.
  5. ^ "masterchef and offspring win aactas". Network 10. 30 January 2014. Archived from the original on 14 June 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2023.
  6. ^ O'Rourke, Claire (26 April 2004). "Cucina Vera dumped". Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 30 May 2022. Retrieved 5 May 2023.
  7. ^ Hambly, Natalie (20 June 2013). "Offspring recap: Setting the record straight". Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 24 May 2022. Retrieved 5 May 2023.
  8. ^ Fontaine, Angus (23 August 2012). "Adam Zawr on Lowdown". Time Out Melbourne. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2023.
  9. ^ "MasterChef's Matt Preston lands cameo role in Bold And The Beautiful". The Daily Telegraph. 11 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Masterchef's Matt Preston makes his dreams come true". March 2015. Archived from the original on 7 March 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2023.
  11. ^ Knox, David (11 May 2009). "Taking the taste test". TV Tonight.
  12. ^ Fowler, Bella (23 October 2019). "MasterChef's Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan to Team Up with MKR Rival". Retrieved 5 May 2023.
  13. ^ Knox, David (12 August 2022). "Matt Preston takes his seat at MKR table". TV Tonight. Retrieved 5 May 2023.
  14. ^ "Alice in Frames, Matt Preston and Lisa Leong now presenting Weekends on ABC Radio Melbourne". ABC News. 20 December 2021. Retrieved 5 May 2023.
  15. ^ "Matt Preston, Alice Zaslavsky and Lisa Leong new voices on ABC Melbourne". Radio Today. 20 December 2021. Retrieved 5 May 2023.
  16. ^ a b c d e "Matt Preston". Retrieved 5 May 2023. Archived on 15 April 2017
  17. ^ "The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2013". 30 April 2013. Archived from the original on 1 May 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2023.
  18. ^ Wilkinson, Simon (30 April 2013). "Matt Preston hails 'visionary' Melbourne chef Ben Shewry of Attica". Herald Sun. Archived from the original on 30 April 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2023 – via
  19. ^ Preston, Matt (10 October 2009). "Cravat-A-Licious". Random House Australia. ISBN 978-1-741-66967-1.
  20. ^ Preston, Matt (November 2012). "Matt Preston's 100 Best Recipes". Pan Macmillan Australia. ISBN 978-1-743-28339-4.
  21. ^ Preston, Matt (2013). "Fast Fresh and Unbelievably Delicious". Plum/Pan Macmillan Australia. ISBN 978-1-742-61258-4.
  22. ^ Preston, Matt (2014). "Matt Preston's Cook Book". Pan Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-743-53118-1.
  23. ^ Preston, Matt (27 October 2015). "The Simple Secrets to Cooking Everything Better". Pan Macmillan Australia. ISBN 978-1-743-53327-7.
  24. ^ Preston, Matt (31 October 2017). "Yummy, Easy, Quick". Plum/Pan Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-760-55264-0.
  25. ^ "The hottest dish at Icebergs". The Sunday Telegraph. 5 July 2009.
  26. ^ "Australian Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2011 Winners List". 7 October 2011. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2023.
  27. ^ "Who's Who pack now boasts Siddle, Hamish and Andy and the Masterchef judges". Herald Sun. 9 December 2010. Archived from the original on 15 June 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2023.

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