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Matt Moran Chops Himself From Masterchef Australia

Mentor and special guest judge Matt Moran has decided to leave Masterchef Australia because he wants to spend more time opening eateries and pursuing his own cooking show opportunities.

This is code for he has been signed or is going to be signed for a new cooking show. The question is which one? There is a plethora food reality TV shows to be screened in 2013 (see blog post A Fiesta of Reality Shows For 2013) and he would probably be best suited for The Taste if NINE goes ahead with it as a mentor judge.

After three years as a special guest judge Matt has not signed to be on the show.

He told the Sunday Telegraph:

“I am not going to renew a contract with Ten. I haven’t actually spoken to them. I’ve loved it, absolutely loved it, but it’s time to move on.”

Moran said he “was sure” he would have a guest role in the upcoming season but said: “I don’t know when, where, how, or what.”

However he also added:

Moran, who is planning to open River Bar in Brisbane in December, said his passion for running restaurants was another reason he reconsidered his role on MasterChef.

“Aria has always been my main gig … but I am sure there will be room for TV next year in some other capacity,” he said.

Matt Moran on Masterchef was a good guest judge and it would have been great to see him utilised a bit more on the show. In 2012 he was mainly seen on the immunity pin challenge on Tuesday nights advising the contestants. He was good at being honest and direct in saying what he thought.

As one of the stalwart reality TV shows Masterchef should look at Matt Moran leaving to bring in some new chefs in the mentor guest judge roles.

Masterchef magazine is also under going some changes with the magazine deciding to only publish when the show is on. This decision was made because of declining circulation, though to be fair most magazines are struggling in this new media environment. When you can now get a lot of recipes online people are not buying as many cooking magazines.


1 brain dead dave { 10.14.12 at 12:56 pm }

Ma$terchef is getting awfully tired so it’s no surprise to see the rats starting to leave a sinking ship. The fattest will be last off.

Pass the tissues regarding the declining magazine circulation.

2 Daze { 10.14.12 at 2:10 pm }

Shame – he was the one judge who wasn’t ‘full of it’ and I did notice he wasn’t on as much as 2011. The hogs hoggest their 3 stance holding – Guess MattM wasn’t all that into tv exposure and is putting his time into his love of culinary delights away from the media.

3 Sioux Denim { 10.14.12 at 2:47 pm }

Huge Matt Moran fan – love his honesty – says it like it is -look forward to seeing him on another show……….

4 Calliegirl { 10.14.12 at 5:32 pm }

Err BBD which one is the fattest?

5 brain dead dave { 10.14.12 at 6:09 pm }

How deep is the ocean, Calliegirl? How long is a piece of cravat?

6 Calliegirl { 10.14.12 at 6:26 pm }

You never fail to give me a laugh Dave…

7 brain dead dave { 10.14.12 at 6:32 pm }

Thanks again, Calliegirl. After some consideration, here’s my choice.

8 Morgan { 10.14.12 at 8:35 pm }

I never cared for him at all. He won’t be missed. But I do wish the MC panel would get a complete overhaul.

9 Izobel2 { 10.14.12 at 9:37 pm }

I’m with you Morgan…

10 JK { 10.16.12 at 8:30 am }

I used to like him heaps until he got really mean in season 3.

11 Maz { 10.16.12 at 10:34 pm }