MasterChef Australia judge doesn't want 'bully' Gordon Ramsay
Chef Gordon Ramsay, known for having a fiery temper and foul language in the kitchen, will join MasterChef Australia, where 24 hopefuls will need to impress the foodie to stay in the competition. A Channel Ten spokesperson confirmed the chef's addition to the show's tenth season on Tuesday.
Current MasterChef judge George Calombaris has been against Ramsay joining the show in the past.
However, he will join George, Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston for its highly-anticipated new season.
In an interview with Herald Sun in 2011, George revealed he didn't like Ramsay and wouldn't want the star to appear on the program. "If they wanted to have Gordon on, OK, but I wouldn't stand for the bullying of contestants. I would have to take him outside. I don't believe it's necessary to belittle and attack a person. That's not what our show is about. When I signed on to do this I made it clear that I would not do that sort of thing. I hate bullying," Calombaris said.
After having stood as a judge on the first five seasons of its US version from 2010 to 2014, Ramsay will be given a guest chef role on the hit reality show. Other guest chefs scheduled to appear on MasterChef in 2018 include Nigella Lawson and Shannon Bennett.
Gordon has also appeared on hit TV shows such as Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares, where he never held back when expressing his disdain for bad cooking. Over his successful career, Ramsay has become on of the world's most decorated chefs and has been awarded 16 Michelin stars in total from his restaurants.
The British celebrity resides in the United Kingdom with his wife Tana Ramsay and four children, Matilda, 16, Megan, 19, Holly, 17 and Jack, 17.
Catch Season 9 of MasterChef Australia Monday through Friday at 9 PM on Star World & Star World HD.