Aussie viewers are in for a sweet treat this year with news that the delectable debut series of MasterChef: Dessert Masters will be headlined by judges Melissa Leong and internationally renowned chef Amaury Guichon.
Melissa and Amaury have all the ingredients to make this world-first addition to the MasterChef franchise a recipe for sweet success.
Cannes-born pastry chef, Amaury Guichon, is no stranger to addictive viewing. He has amassed over 50 million followers across Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and Facebook for his chocolate masterpieces that mimic roulette wheels, robots, rocking horses, skateboards and more.
From delicate sugar work to life-sized chocolate sculptures, complex cakes and picture-perfect pastries, there is nothing this classically trained young gun can’t master.
Amaury’s incredible edible creations are matched only by his impressive resumé. At 21, Amaury was hired as the youngest executive pastry chef in Paris; now at 31 he boasts a 17-year career in pastry. Being in the spotlight is a piece of cake for Amaury, who hosted his own highly successful Netflix series, School of Chocolate in 2021. Caramel and sea salt, lemon and meringue, cookies and cream – some things just go better together. That’s where fellow judge Melissa Leong comes in.
A food writer, critic, cookbook editor, radio presenter and MC, Melissa has become one of the nation’s favourite television personalities, for her role as a judge on MasterChef Australia.
Melissa is a household name who has worked with some of the most respected names and brands in Australian food, including Adriano Zumbo and Gelato Messina – so she knows what it takes to make a dynamite dessert.
Melissa said: “Desserts have the capacity to be magical. I’m excited to see what these talented chefs are capable of when let loose in the MasterChef kitchen.
“Creating a memorable dessert takes years of practice, technique and an exacting eye for detail. Throw people with these qualities into a place like the MasterChef kitchen and stand back… who knows what they will bring to life.”
Amaury said: “I feel very honoured to have been chosen to be part of this wonderful new adventure that will once again highlight our beautiful industry with all its craft and complexity. I am excited to discover what the contestants will create in order to wow us!”
Some of the most exciting names in pastry, desserts and all things sweet and delicious will bring their elite skills to the competition as they contend to be the nation’s first Dessert Master, and with $100,000 on the line, the pressure is on not to fudge it up.