“I think the show desperately needed new judges. I thought the show became about the old guys and less about the contestants and less about the food as years went on,” Chris told HuffPost Australia.
“They almost became caricatures of themselves.”
“I think getting new judges was the shot in the arms the show needs,” claimed Chris, adding Scottish celebrity chef Jock is particularly an asset to the Channel 10 show.
“Especially Jock, it seems like he’s been doing it forever,” said the show’s most recently eliminated contestant.
“He’s just so natural and got a really good presence in the kitchen. He’s articulate and he’ll make you cook and get good advice and feedback from him.”
The three new judges have attracted mixed reactions since their debut earlier this year, but Chris said “people will warm to all of them” in due course.
“It might take a season or two,” he said.
Highlighting it’s a big adjustment for Andy, Melissa and Jock as well, he said “they’ll relax into the roles as well”.
“It’s hard, it’s a big deal [and] a lot to take on. [It] turns your life upside down. They go from being slightly known to everybody knows your name and your face all over the country. It’s a lot to contend with.”
Andy was winner of ‘MasterChef Australia’ back in 2012. Melissa Leong is a food writer and previously appeared on SBS show, ‘The Chef’s Line’, while Jock owns Restaurant Orana in Adelaide.
This week is ‘Twists Week’ on the show, with special guest Katy Perry set to make an appearance.
‘MasterChef Australia: Back To Win’ continues at 7:30pm on Channel 10.