MasterChef Australia is a Logie Award-winning Australian competitive cooking game show based on the original British MasterChef. It is produced by Shine Australia and screens on Network Ten. Restaurateur and chef Gary Mehigan, chef George Calombaris and food critic Matt Preston serve as the show's main judges. Journalist Sarah Wilson hosted the first series, however her role was dropped at the end of the series.
The first episode aired on 27 April 2009, and the series one finale was broadcast on 19 July 2009. The first winner of MasterChef Australia was Julie Goodwin, a 38 year old I.T. office manager. The second series of MasterChef Australia premiered on 19 April 2010. The second series aired through the week at 7.30 pm, half an hour later than the original timeslot of the first series. The winner of the 2010 series of MasterChef was Adam Liaw, who won by a seven-point margin over his opponent Callum Hann. The third series of MasterChef Australia went to air in 2011. The series was won by Kate Bracks, who defeated Michael Weldon in the series final. The fourth series premiered on 6 May 2012, and was won by Andy Allen, who defeated Julia Taylor. In 2013, the fifth series winner was Emma Dean.